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fountain

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noun foun·tain \ˈfau̇n-tən\

Definition of fountain

  1. 1 :  the source from which something proceeds or is supplied

  2. 2 :  a spring of water issuing from the earth

  3. 3 :  an artificially produced jet of water; also :  the structure from which it rises

  4. 4 :  a reservoir containing a liquid that can be drawn off as needed

  5. 5 :  soda fountain 2

Examples of fountain in a sentence

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

  2. an endless fountain of inspiration

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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fountain

verb foun·tain

Definition of fountain

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to flow or spout like a fountain

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to cause to flow like a fountain

1903

First Known Use of fountain

1903



FOUNTAIN Defined for English Language Learners

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fountain

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noun foun·tain \ˈfau̇n-tən\

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

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noun foun·tain \ˈfau̇n-tən\

Definition of fountain for Students

  1. 1 :  an artificial stream or spray of water (as for drinking or ornament) or the device from which it comes

  2. 2 :  source 1 He was a fountain of wisdom.

  3. 3 :  a spring of water coming from the earth



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