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



    BrE BrE//ˈfaʊntən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfaʊntn//
    In the garden
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  1. 1a structure from which water is sent up into the air by a pump, used to decorate parks and gardens/yards see also drinking fountain See related entries: In the garden
  2. 2a strong flow of liquid or of another substance that is forced into the air The amplifier exploded in a fountain of sparks. The shell exploded, sending a fountain of sand and grit into the air.
  3. 3a rich source or supply of something Tourism is a fountain of wealth for the city.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (originally meaning a natural spring of water): from Old French fontaine, from late Latin fontana, feminine of Latin fontanus, adjective from fons, font- ‘a spring’.
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