noun \ˈfänt\

Definition of FONT

a :  a receptacle for baptismal water
b :  a receptacle for holy water
c :  a receptacle for various liquids
:  source, fountain <a font of information>
font·al \ˈfän-təl\ adjective

Origin of FONT

Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin font-, fons, from Latin, fountain
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with FONT



Definition of FONT

:  an assortment or set of type or characters all of one style and sometimes one size

Origin of FONT

French fonte, from Middle French, act of founding, from Vulgar Latin *fundita, feminine of funditus, past participle of Latin fundere to found, pour — more at found
First Known Use: circa 1688

Other Printing Terms

epigraph, errata, leader, mechanical, notch, tittle, underscore, widow


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

The term font commonly refers to a type family such as Bodoni or Helvetica, which includes …—© Merriam-Webster Inc.

Assortment or set of type (alphanumeric characters used for printing), all of one coherent style. Before the advent of computers, fonts were expressed in cast metal that was used as a template for printing. Fonts are now stored as digitized images that can be scaled and otherwise modified for printing on electronic printers or digital phototypesetters. Fonts typically include the normal typeface (roman) as well as italic, bold, bold italic, and sometimes extra-bold versions. See also typesetting, typography.

Variants of FONT

font or typeface or type family


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