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noun (1)

: a type font

Examples of fount in a Sentence

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Blazy, with his fount of ideas, belongs firmly in the future camp. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, 26 Feb. 2024 At the time, television variety programs weren’t exactly cool; Ed Sullivan had famously hosted the Beatles and Rolling Stones in 1964, but the format still wasn’t exactly a fount of youth culture. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 27 Dec. 2023 Specter’s and Kirshner’s books both concern themselves with classical realism, in particular its role as the fount of all later realist theories. Emma Ashford, Foreign Affairs, 6 Sep. 2022 Under the circumstances, her e-mails became a fount of quotable material for the conspiracists. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 21 Oct. 2023 Poe is the unholy fount for much of the horror fiction Flanagan’s adapted in this series so far. Phillip MacIak, The New Republic, 11 Oct. 2023 When the United States was an agricultural society, distribution of property seemed like the fount of equality. Corey Robin, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2023 This was the venom: whiteness as sign for the treasure America so covets, the treasure of great art—Europe its sacred fount. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 7 Mar. 2022 From ancient Egypt to Silicon Valley, Duncan is an ideal tour guide: witty, engaging, knowledgeable and a fount of diverting anecdotes. Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2022

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French funte, founte, from Latin font-, fons

Noun (2)

French fonte, from Middle French — more at font

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1683, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fount was in the 15th century

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“Fount.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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