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fountain

noun foun·tain \ ˈfau̇n-tᵊn \

Definition of fountain

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

Examples of fountain in a Sentence

  1. The crowd gathered around the fountain in the plaza.

  2. an endless fountain of inspiration

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Origin and Etymology of fountain

Middle English, from Anglo-French funtaine, fontaine, from Late Latin fontana, from Latin, feminine of fontanus of a spring, from font-, fons


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fountain

verb

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

1903



FOUNTAIN Defined for English Language Learners

fountain

noun

Definition of fountain for English Language Learners

  • : 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


FOUNTAIN Defined for Kids

fountain

noun foun·tain \ ˈfau̇n-tᵊn \

Definition of fountain for Students

1 :an artificial stream or spray of water (as for drinking or ornament) or the device from which it comes
2 :source 1
  • He was a fountain of wisdom.
3 :a spring of water coming from the earth


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