noun \ˈfan-tən\

: a device or structure that sends a stream of water into the air in a garden, park, etc.; also : the water that rises from a fountain

: something that rises into the air like a fountain of water

: the source of something

Full Definition of FOUNTAIN

:  the source from which something proceeds or is supplied
:  a spring of water issuing from the earth
:  an artificially produced jet of water; also :  the structure from which it rises
:  a reservoir containing a liquid that can be drawn off as needed

Examples of FOUNTAIN

  1. The crowd gathered around the fountain in the plaza.
  2. an endless fountain of inspiration

Origin of FOUNTAIN

Middle English, from Anglo-French funtaine, fontaine, from Late Latin fontana, from Latin, feminine of fontanus of a spring, from font-, fons
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with FOUNTAIN



Definition of FOUNTAIN

intransitive verb
:  to flow or spout like a fountain
transitive verb
:  to cause to flow like a fountain

First Known Use of FOUNTAIN



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Artificially produced jet of water, and the structure from which it rises. Fountains have been an important feature of landscape design since ancient times. Displaced for a time by the medieval well, the fountain reemerged in the late Middle Ages. It reached its peak in the Renaissance and Baroque eras, with designs in which sculpture became prominent (e.g., Rome's Trevi Fountain). Supplying water through conduits to multiple fountains, as at the Palace of Versailles, was an important feat. In Muslim countries, fountains for drinking and for ablutions are of great importance. A common type is the simple spout and basin enclosed in a graceful niche; more ambitious designs take the form of a richly decorated pavilion.


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