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Font
See also: fönt and f?nt

English

holy water font

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /f?nt/
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -?nt
  • (US) IPA(key): /f?nt/
  • Rhymes: -?nt

Etymology 1

From Old English font, an early borrowing from Latin f?ns, fontis ("fountain").

Noun

font (plural fonts)

  1. (Christianity) A receptacle in a church for holy water, especially one used in baptism.
    Synonym: stoup
    Hyponym: baptismal font
    • 1791, Christopher Smart, "Moderation", in Hymns for the Amusement of Children:
      Blessed be God, that, at the font, / My sponsors bound me to the call / Of Christ in England to confront / The world, the flesh, the fiend and all.
    • 1913, John Bertram Peterson, "Baptismal Font", in Catholic Encyclopedia, volume 2:
      In the Apostolic Age, as in Jewish times (John, iii, 23), baptism was administered without special fonts, at the seaside or in streams or pools of water (Acts, viii, 38); [...]
  2. A receptacle for oil in a lamp.
  3. (figuratively) Spring, source, fountain.
Translations
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Etymology 2

Borrowed from Middle French fonte, feminine past participle of verb fondre ("to melt").

Alternative forms

Noun

font (plural fonts)

  1. (typography) A set of glyphs of unified design, belonging to one typeface (e.g., Helvetica), style (e.g., italic), and weight (e.g., bold). Usually representing the letters of an alphabet and its supplementary characters.
    1. In metal typesetting, a set of type sorts in one size.
    2. In phototypesetting, a set of patterns forming glyphs of any size, or the film they are stored on.
    3. In digital typesetting, a set of glyphs in a single style, representing one or more alphabets or writing systems, or the computer code representing it.
  2. (computing) A computer file containing the code used to draw and compose the glyphs of one or more typographic fonts on a computer display or printer.
Derived terms
Translations
Descendants
  • Thai: (fn)

Verb

font (third-person singular simple present fonts, present participle fonting, simple past and past participle fonted)

  1. (television, colloquial, transitive) To overlay (text) on the picture.
    • 1981, William Safire, On language (page 78)
      When figures or quotes are thought helpful to understanding a spot, they're "fonted" over the cover picture.
    • 1987, The Foundation Center, Promoting issues & ideas: a guide to public relations for nonprofit organizations (page 97)
      [...] character generator instead of an easel card to create letters on camera or telephone numbers that can run across the TV screen. The process is called fonting.

References

  • "font" in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Bringhurst, Robert (2002). The Elements of Typographic Style, version 2.5, pp 291-2. Vancouver, Hartley & Marks. ->ISBN.

Etymology 3

Apparently from fount, with influence from the senses above (under etymology 1).

Noun

font (plural fonts)

  1. (figuratively) A source, wellspring, fount.
    • 1824 -- George Gordon, Lord Byron, Don Juan, canto V
      A gaudy taste; for they are little skill'd in
      The arts of which these lands were once the font
    • 1910 -- Arthur Edward Waite, The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, part II
      As I am not drawing here on the font of imagination to refresh that of fact and experience, I do not suggest that the Tarot set the example of expressing Secret Doctrine in pictures and that it was followed by Hermetic writers; but it is noticeable that it is perhaps the earliest example of this art.
    • 1915 -- Woodrow Wilson, Third State of the Union Address
      I am interested to fix your attention on this prospect now because unless you take it within your view and permit the full significance of it to command your thought I cannot find the right light in which to set forth the particular matter that lies at the very font of my whole thought as I address you to-day.
Translations

Further reading


Catalan

Etymology

From Old Occitan font, from Latin fons, fontem, of Proto-Indo-European origin.

Noun

font m (plural fonts)

  1. fountain
  2. source (of water)
  3. source (origin)
  4. (journalism) source

Synonyms

(fountain): fontana

Derived terms

Related terms

Further reading


French

Pronunciation

Verb

font

  1. third-person plural present indicative of faire

Friulian

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Latin fundus.

Noun

font m (plural fonts)

  1. bottom
  2. background
  3. landed property, farm
  4. fund

Related terms


Hungarian

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From German Pfund, from Latin pondo.[1]

Noun

font (plural fontok)

  1. pound (weight)
  2. pound (currency unit)
    Synonym: font sterling
Declension
Possessive forms of font
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. fontom fontjaim
2nd person sing. fontod fontjaid
3rd person sing. fontja fontjai
1st person plural fontunk fontjaink
2nd person plural fontotok fontjaitok
3rd person plural fontjuk fontjaik
Derived terms

Etymology 2

Borrowed from English font, from Middle French fonte, feminine past participle of fondre ("to melt"), from Latin fund? ("I melt").[1]

Noun

font (plural fontok)

  1. (typography) digital font (set of glyphs of unified design contained in a computer file)
Declension
Possessive forms of font
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. fontom fontjaim
2nd person sing. fontod fontjaid
3rd person sing. fontja fontjai
1st person plural fontunk fontjaink
2nd person plural fontotok fontjaitok
3rd person plural fontjuk fontjaik

Etymology 3

From the verb fon +‎ -t.

Verb

font

  1. third-person singular indicative past indefinite of fon

Participle

font

  1. past participle of fon
    Synonym: fonott (in certain senses)
Declension

References

  1. ? 1.01.1 Tótfalusi, István. Idegenszó-tár: Idegen szavak értelmez? és etimológiai szótára ('A Storehouse of Foreign Words: an explanatory and etymological dictionary of foreign words'). Budapest: Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2005. ->ISBN

Norwegian Bokmål

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology

From Latin fons, via Old Norse fontr (sense 1), and French fonte, via English font (sense 2)

Noun

font m (definite singular fonten, indefinite plural fonter, definite plural fontene)

  1. a baptismal font
  2. (typography) font, or fount (UK)

References

  • "font" in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Latin fons, via Old Norse fontr (sense 1), and French fonte, via English font (sense 2)

Noun

font m (definite singular fonten, indefinite plural fontar, definite plural fontane)

  1. a baptismal font
  2. (typography) font, or fount (UK)

References

  • "font" in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Polish

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

Etymology

From English font, from Middle French fonte, feminine past participle of verb fondre ("to melt").

Pronunciation

Noun

font m inan

  1. (computing) font (computer file containing the code used to draw and compose the glyphs)

Declension

Further reading

  • font in Wielki s?ownik j?zyka polskiego, Instytut J?zyka Polskiego PAN
  • font in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Swedish

Noun

font c

  1. (typography) a font

Usage notes

Declension

Declension of font 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative font fonten fonter fonterna
Genitive fonts fontens fonters fonternas

Synonyms


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