Meaning of FONT in English


I. ˈfänt noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English fant, font, funt, from Old English fant, font, from Late Latin font-, fons, from Latin, fountain, spring, source — more at fount

1. : a basin or vessel often mounted on a pedestal in which water is contained for baptizing

that name was given me at the font — Shakespeare

2. : a point from which something originates : fountain , spring , source

font of botanical and geological information — Robert Bobrow

3. : a receptacle for holy water

4. : the oil reservoir of a lamp

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle French fonte, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin fundita, feminine of (assumed) Vulgar Latin funditus, past participle of Latin fundere to found, pour — more at found


a. : the act or process of casting or founding

b. : a chamber for holding molten glass that is forced into a mold by pressure from a plunger


a. : an assortment of type, matrices, or characters of one size and style including a due proportion of all the letters in the alphabet, points, accents, and figures

b. : a set of any one sort of typographical material

a font of brass rules

a font of wood furniture

III. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to arrange or make up (as type) into fonts : equip (as a type case or cabinet) with a font or fonts — often used with up

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