well·​spring | \ ˈwel-ˌspriŋ How to pronounce wellspring (audio) \

Definition of wellspring

: a source of continual supply a wellspring of information

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Examples of wellspring in a Sentence

The tour guide was a wellspring of information. the nation's colleges and universities were a wellspring for political activism and unrest
Recent Examples on the Web Germany — and, to some extent, the city of Leeds — is the wellspring of soccer’s ideas. New York Times, "Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Too Big to Fall," 9 Apr. 2021 That socioeconomic reality, formed around a neoliberal ideology, is a wellspring of the culture of mediocrity that Lee invokes in the film’s opening moments. Mark O’connell, The New York Review of Books, "Old Midlands Giants," 23 Mar. 2021 Since the release of her 2016 breakthrough album, La Papessa, the Polaris prize winner has shown that her imagination is a bottomless wellspring of concepts and ideas. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, "Lido Pimienta Is Feeling Free," 12 Mar. 2021 This forms a wellspring of much indigenous comedy that comments on unique struggles while confronting stereotypes. Washington Post, "We Had a Little Real Estate Problem," 22 Feb. 2021 Bui showed off the lengthy blue look on her Instagram grid as well, and as per usual, she's garnered a wellspring of positive feedback from fans and celebrities alike. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Cardi B Just Debuted a Reebok-Themed Manicure in One of Her Longest Nail Looks to Date," 11 Oct. 2020 But everyone knows that someone's mother is the real wellspring of character. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Martha struggles against fascism and her feelings for Thomas in exclusive Pennyworth clip," 17 Dec. 2020 It’s another to be responsible for the entire meal yourself, with Wi-Fi as your only link to that wellspring of knowledge. Max Falkowitz/saveur, Popular Science, "Multicultural cooking classes offer up something tasty on Zoom," 11 Dec. 2020 Combined with the plain grit and hopefulness shared by all of our varied ancestors, a beautiful and bountiful land, and the energy and creativity liberated by freedom of thought and opportunity, America has been a wellspring of blessings. Bruce Peterson, Star Tribune, "Make America grateful again," 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of wellspring

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wellspring was before the 12th century

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“Wellspring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wellspring. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wellspring

: something or someone that provides a large amount of something : a good source of something

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