Main definitions of fount in English

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fount1

noun

  • 1A source of a desirable quality or commodity.

    ‘our courier was a fount of knowledge’
    • ‘I am now a fount of knowledge about this wondrous organisation.’
    • ‘I am pleased to be able to share with them the fount of knowledge I have on this particular issue.’
    • ‘The University of Phoenix's curriculum is built around peer-based learning groups where the instructor isn't exactly viewed as a fount of knowledge.’
    • ‘And, to add to my fount of knowledge, I found out who Marie of Romania was.’
    • ‘The most profound is that the teacher must relinquish the idea of ‘knowing it all,’ of being the fount of knowledge and wisdom.’
    • ‘This person has maps on the brain and can be a fount of obscure geographical and cultural knowledge.’
    • ‘While the internet is indeed a fount of knowledge, and might well be able to assist you in your quest, certain refinements to your terms are needed.’
    • ‘Older people may be a fount of knowledge with regard to local customs as many have only died out recently as homogenous society spread.’
    • ‘Cyberspace becomes the virtual library and university - and the fount of all knowledge.’
    • ‘Once a university lecturer, now a tour operator of international repute, Chris is a fount of all knowledge.’
    • ‘As the fount of all knowledge, the pastor's job is to overflow with spiritual truth each week while the congregation sits and absorbs this wisdom.’
    • ‘Having proved myself the fount of all world knowledge, I returned Lisa to Brighton on Tuesday evening, in time for our 7 month anniversary on Wednesday, a landmark we celebrated with a visit to the drive-thru McDonalds.’
    • ‘In most towns, taxi drivers are the fount of all knowledge.’
    • ‘The trouble was, in my opinion, that Barbara thought she was right on every subject, and the fount of great knowledge on subjects of which she knew little or nothing, such as the motor industry.’
    • ‘The new edition of the book contains a short foreword by D. Simberloff, a fount of encyclopedic knowledge on biological invasions.’
    • ‘In turn, the film's title comes to suggest a greater theme about the attempts of humanity to comprehend the apparently incomprehensible - this endeavour being the fount of science, mathematics, philosophy and, yes, art.’
    • ‘If the member is suggesting that I am the fount of all knowledge, in advance of hearing what other members have to say, I take that as a great compliment but I am afraid that my natural humility will not allow me to accept it.’
    • ‘Children should ‘find out’ for themselves, and teachers will be ‘liberated from their traditional role as the fount of all knowledge’.’
    • ‘The longtime actor and director is a fount of stories about performing at the Stratford Festival - which he refers to as ‘an enormous machine’ - as well as touring the country performing for theatre fans young and old.’
    • ‘Suddenly, he was the fount of all knowledge about the New Zealand economy and New Zealand society.’
    source, fount, fountainhead, well head, wellspring, well
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    1. 1.1literary A spring or fountain.
      jet, spray, spout, spurt, well, fount, cascade
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Origin

Late 16th century: back-formation from fountain, on the pattern of the pair mountain, mount.

Main definitions of fount in English

: fount1fount2

fount2

noun

British
  • variant spelling of font