fountain pen

noun

: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Swift has sorted her discography into three different vibes: fountain pen, quill pen, and glitter-gel pen. Vulture, 21 Oct. 2022 The sound came from grinding, as craftspeople shaped fountain pen nibs for customers. Arkansas Online, 23 Oct. 2022 But the company didn’t make its first fountain pen until 1966, a sleek utensil crafted from a durable fiberglass resin. WSJ, 18 Nov. 2022 The sound came from grinding, as craftspeople shaped fountain pen nibs for customers. Arkansas Online, 23 Oct. 2022 The sound came from grinding, as craftspeople shaped fountain pen nibs for customers. Arkansas Online, 23 Oct. 2022 The sound came from grinding, as craftspeople shaped fountain pen nibs for customers. Eliza Mcgraw, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2022 Your boss will feel oh-so fancy signing important documents with their own personalized fountain pen, which features a polished chrome cap and accents and even comes in a pretty box for storing. Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 27 Sep. 2022 The main problem with adopting a fountain pen as one’s primary writing tool is knowing where to start. Brett Braley, Robb Report, 21 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1710, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fountain pen was in 1710

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“Fountain pen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fountain%20pen. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

fountain pen

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

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