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 Before leaving Dickie’s house after lunch, Tom swipes a fountain pen from his desk. Rafaela Bassili, Vulture, 4 Apr. 2024 Today’s niche drama is brought to you by the fountain pen community. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 5 Mar. 2024 Its reappearance a couple of weeks ago was so unexpected that the fountain pen community, which makes up a small but passionate corner of the office supplies market, was agog. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2024 The pens come in a few different colors, including translucent red and opaque black, and each is limited to 88 pieces (fountain pen and rollerball). Nancy Olson, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 The paper perfectly absorbs ink from her Baron Fig Squire fountain pen and doesn't bleed through. Medea Giordano, WIRED, 3 Jan. 2024 The collection is available as a fountain pen and a rollerball. Nancy Olson, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023 At first glance, the Melt looks like a beefed up fountain pen that must join you in your carry on bag for that weekend getaway. Laura Delarato, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Aug. 2023 The rollerball pen is priced at $1,895, while the fountain pen is priced at $1,995. Nancy Olson, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

fountain pen

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

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