fountain pen


Definition of fountain pen

: a pen containing an ink reservoir that automatically feeds a metal writing point The fountain pen—which hasn't been a necessary tool of daily life since the ballpoint pen was invented in 1938—has become not only a prestige possession but also a defiant symbol of antitechnology sentiments.— Heidi Ellison

Examples of fountain pen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This fountain pen even comes with a pack of 12 refills. Popular Science, "No-fuss fountain pens that make your note taking and letter writing more elegant," 15 Sep. 2020 My life was moving toward entropy, my fountain pen was leaking, my pocket watch was running late, and all the doorknobs in my studio were broken. Lawrence Weschler, The Atlantic, "The Uncanny Tale of Shimmel Zohar," 7 Sep. 2020 Larson likes to journal using a fountain pen like this one. Jillian Tracy, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need to know if you want to start journaling," 3 Aug. 2020 Over the door was a huge lithograph showing the Treaty of Versailles being signed with a Waterman fountain pen. Kate Bolick, The New York Review of Books, "What the Sofa Said," 3 Aug. 2020 That allows this affordable fountain pen to glide easily across the page as ink issues forth from its replaceable cartridge. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "Eight great pens to match your writing style," 18 Apr. 2020 Moleskine’s signature thick paper, storage folder, and elastic closure are an invitation to uncap a fountain pen by candlelight and compose the next great musical. Popular Science, "Art supplies to keep you creative and happy," 23 Apr. 2020 My fountain pen leaks, My wife hollers at me and my kids are all freaks. Matt Schudel,, "John Prine, poignant, comic chronicler of holes in the soul," 8 Apr. 2020 Conjure Jane Austen or John Keats, sit at a proper desk and express your sentiments using a fine fountain pen and handmade stationery. oregonlive, "Stay-home orders allow time for handwritten notes and other niceties," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of fountain pen

1710, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fountain pen was in 1710

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20 Sep 2020

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“Fountain pen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fountain pen

: a pen with ink inside that flows to a special metal tip (called a nib)

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Kids Definition of fountain pen

: a pen with ink inside that is fed as needed to the writing point

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