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

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Some of the most ostentatious items did not sell, such as a white gold Montblanc fountain pen adorned with 104 emeralds, 104 rubies and 80 diamonds — in the shape of the Mexican flag. Washington Post, "Mexico auctions seized jewelry to fund road building," 29 July 2019 Along with the book, the president also received a set of Duofold pens—a fountain pen, a rollerball, and a ballpoint pen—in the Queen's exclusive design. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Gives Donald Trump a First-Edition Copy of Churchill’s World War II Book," 3 June 2019 The little essays—on black bread and butter eaten, a fountain pen stolen, Austria revisited—are painted precisely and charmingly. Madeleine Schwartz, Harper's magazine, "Warm, Weird, Effervescent," 10 June 2019 There's something weirdly intentional about using a fountain pen. Ross Mccammon, Popular Mechanics, "This Is the $2 Pen That Got Me into Fountain Pens," 5 Dec. 2018 And then there’s his miscellaneous scandals, which included spending $1,500 taxpayer dollars on fountain pens and $43,000 on a soundproof booth. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Scott Pruitt Is Gone. His Assault on the Environment Continues.," 5 July 2018 The $130 fountain pens Pruitt's expensive taste extends to writing implements. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Scott Pruitt’s abuses of power, ranked," 7 June 2018 Millions of dollars earmarked for UAW worker training was spent on unauthorized purchases including a $365,000 red Ferrari, two solid gold fountain pens valued at $35,700, a pool and outdoor spa at Iacobelli's mansion. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Top UAW official Gary Casteel withdraws bid months before big election," 16 Apr. 2018 German and Swiss engineering combined here for something special: The Montblanc x BMW Meisterstück fountain pen is hand-made, with a 14-carat gold nib and rhodium-plated inlay in the black-resin body. Fortune, "The Best Non-Car Stuff to Buy From Bentley, Porsche, and BMW," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of fountain pen

1710, in the meaning defined above

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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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