fount

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Etymology 1[edit]

Shortening of fountain

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fount (plural founts)

  1. Something from which water flows.
  2. A device from which poultry may drink.
  3. (figuratively) That from which something flows or proceeds; a source.
    He is a real fount of knowledge!
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle French fonte, feminine past participle of verb fondre (to melt).

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fount (plural founts)

  1. (typography, Britain, dated) A typographic font.
    • 1933, Dorothy Sayers, chapter 4, in Murder Must Advertise:
      Mr. Tallboy corrected the misprints, damned their eyes for using the wrong name-block, made it clear to them that they had set the headlines in the wrong fount, cut the proof to pieces, pasted it up again in the correct size, and returned it.

References[edit]

  • “fount” in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Bringhurst, Robert (2002). The Elements of Typographic Style, version 2.5, pp 291–2. Vancouver, Hartley & Marks. →ISBN.

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