Meaning of FOUNTAIN in English


I. ˈfau̇n-t ə n noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French funtaine, fontaine, from Late Latin fontana, from Latin, feminine of fontanus of a spring, from font-, fons

Date: 14th century

1. : the source from which something proceeds or is supplied

2. : a spring of water issuing from the earth

3. : an artificially produced jet of water ; also : the structure from which it rises

4. : a reservoir containing a liquid that can be drawn off as needed

5. : soda fountain 2

II. verb

Date: 1903

intransitive verb

: to flow or spout like a fountain

transitive verb

: to cause to flow like a fountain

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