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

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While Pixi Beauty has a wellspring of amazing makeup and skin-care products worth trying, the brand is undoubtedly best known for its iconic Glow Tonic. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Pixi Beauty Just Dropped an On-the-Glow Stick Version of Its Best-Selling Glow Tonic," 7 Mar. 2019 Both the Queen and Prince Charles possess large semiprivate ancestral landholdings that serve as wellsprings of their wealth. David Mcclure, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth's Fortune Is Divided Among the Members of the Royal Family," 16 Feb. 2019 The holidays have prompted a wellspring of temporary shops in the city designed to bring the wealth of extended sizing options available online into the real world. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "A New Wave of Size-Inclusive Pop-Ups Is Shaking Up the Holiday Shopping Experience," 5 Dec. 2018 Yet there’s a wellspring of genuine feeling in this time-hopping sequel, framed as an origin story. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Review: A Pop Sequel With Pep," 19 July 2018 It’s been called the progenitor of neo-Dadaism, the wellspring of a vast amount of absurdist millennial humor that’s pushed out of its niche Tumblr basement to hit the mainstream corridors of the internet. Aja Romano, Vox, "Tumblr’s adult content ban is already harming the site’s vibrant community.," 5 Dec. 2018 Those same loans became the wellspring of Donald Trump’s wealth. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 If China becomes a great technology hub and global innovator, their scientific breakthroughs could become our medical treatments, their robots our productivity wellspring. Evan Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Wall Street hates Trump’s trade threats as much as it loves his tax cut," 27 June 2018 Then there was a separate series of denims and work clothes that paid homage to the wellspring of his creativity: the streets of East Los Angeles and the South Bronx in the last years of the 20th century. New York Times, "New York Men’s Fashion Week: The Mixtape," 11 July 2018

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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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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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an act or instance of returning to life

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