drinking fountain


: a fixture with nozzle that delivers a stream of water for drinking

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The park is completely fenced with amenities that include a drinking fountain and picnic tables. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 26 Mar. 2023 Last year, Betty Rivas was startled by a letter telling her that the drinking fountains her 8-year-old used at school weren’t safe. Michael Phillis And Brittany Peterson, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Mar. 2023 One hundred years ago, most parks for Black people in Louisville lacked swings, slides and even drinking fountains. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 17 Feb. 2023 Wear a hat and sunscreen, and bring gardening gloves and a reusable water bottle (there’s a drinking fountain on-site). Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2023 Bring a reusable water bottle to fill from the drinking fountain on-site. Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2023 The surface areas of the playground were also replaced with rubberized material, a drinking fountain and a water refilling station was added, Vargas office said. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Aug. 2021 Officials decided to pipe the spring water into town with a multi-spouted drinking fountain near the city center. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Travel + Leisure, 10 Feb. 2023 Wherever life takes you, fill a reusable water bottle at home or at a drinking fountain. Anna Funk, Discover Magazine, 12 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drinking fountain was in 1859

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“Drinking fountain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drinking%20fountain. Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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