Latin: fōns (“fount, source”) + honōrum (“of honours”; the genitive plural form of honor (“honour”)) = “source of honours” ≈ “fount of honour”
fons honorum (plural fontes honorum)
- A person who, by virtue of sovereignty, holds the exclusive right to create and confer legitimate titles of nobility and orders of chivalry.
- 1973, Luciano Petech, Aristocracy and Government in Tibet, 1728–1959, page 27
- In 1919 Pʻun-kʻaṅ taiji bKra-śis-rdo-rje was appointed kung, the only attempt by the Dalai-Lama to succede the defunct Chinese Ch’ing dynasty as fons honorum.
- 2002 February 11th, Francois R. Velde, alt.talk.royalty, “Re: Fons honorum germanorum”, (see the original message)
- It doesn’t seem that the smaller or lower-ranking states behaved as fontes honorum before 1806.
- For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:fons honorum.