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Definition of font noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    font

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//fɒnt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɑːnt//
     
    Religious buildings, Religious items, Religious ceremonies
     
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  1. 1a large stone bowl in a church that holds water for the ceremony of baptism the baptismal font See related entries: Religious buildings, Religious items, Religious ceremonies
  2. 2(specialist) the particular size and style of a set of letters that are used in printing, etc.
  3. Word Origin sense 1 late Old English: from Latin fons, font- ‘spring, fountain’, occurring in the ecclesiastical Latin phrase fons or fontes baptismi ‘baptismal water(s)’. sense 2 late 16th cent. (denoting the action or process of casting or founding): from French fonte, from fondre ‘to melt’.
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