Main definitions of font in English

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font1

noun

  • 1A receptacle in a church for the water used in baptism, typically a free-standing stone structure.

    • ‘Keep water in the font as a reminder of baptism.’
    • ‘The font was filled with water that seemed to be boiling.’
    • ‘This spring water was used in the font in the church to christen babies.’
    • ‘Stone water fonts are to be placed at the doors in Midfield Church.’
    • ‘With good reason, they had come to believe that the path to freedom ran through the baptismal font of the Reformed Church.’
    • ‘A holy water font salvaged from a church is work in progress.’
    • ‘A five-tonne font (a stone bowl in a church that holds water for baptism) in granite that was used by the prior is also on display.’
    • ‘Have on hand the baptismal font, pitcher of water, the Advent wreath and matches.’
    • ‘Catholics symbolically carry on this tradition with holy water fonts at the entrances of their churches.’
    • ‘Members of the congregation renewed their baptismal vows and in response received a generous sprinkling of water from the huge font.’
    • ‘A granite stone holy water font was thrown into the river and about 100 years ago it was retrieved from the water and re-erected.’
    • ‘The font, the church, the altar and the pulpit were all consecrated in turn and the ceremony ended with a Candlemass procession.’
    • ‘At the appointed moment, we gathered round the ancient stone font to witness the baptism.’
    • ‘Out of sheer desperation I crawled down to the local church and threw myself in a font of holy water.’
    • ‘Most fonts were made of stone, although other materials such as marble, lead, copper, and bronze were also used.’
    • ‘He wrote about wine and studied church architecture, making a particular study of 11 th century church fonts.’
    • ‘‘The painting will hang in the Victorian baptistry behind the stone font which is a very fitting location,’ he said.’
    • ‘In Dublin two years ago, some church fonts were removed when it was learned that drug users rinsed their syringes in the holy water.’
    • ‘She had installed crucifixes in various rooms in the home, and had placed a font containing holy water in the home.’
    • ‘The sprinkler is filled with consecrated water from the baptismal font, which is drizzled onto the initiate during the ritual.’
  • 2A reservoir for oil in an oil lamp.

    • ‘The oil reservoir, or font, was mounted on top of the cistern, and the flow of oil into it was controlled by a valve.’
  • 3

    variant spelling of fount

Origin

Late Old English: from Latin fons, font- spring, fountain, occurring in the ecclesiastical Latin phrase fons or fontes baptismi ‘baptismal water(s’).

Pronunciation:

font

/fɒnt/

Main definitions of font in English

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font2

(British fount)

noun

Printing
  • A set of type of one particular face and size:

    ‘written material in a variety of fonts and formats’
    • ‘But as I watched the credits unfold I thought: I know that font.’
    • ‘In looking at the photocopies, he said, ‘I really felt we could not definitively say which font this is.’’
    • ‘And I kinda liked your red crayon-scrawly powerpoints - what font is that?’
    • ‘And I ultimately wound up changing nearly every font to different flavors of Arial, which yields a distressingly mundane appearance.’
    • ‘And it's all in a teeny weeny eye-straining font.’
    print, typeface, face, characters, lettering, letters
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Origin

Late 16th century (denoting the action or process of casting or founding): from French fonte, from fondre to melt.

Pronunciation:

font

/fɒnt/