- The definition of a font is a water container, a source, or a style of type.
- An example of a font is the basin that holds holy water.
- An example of a font is the place where knowledge comes from; the font of all knowledge.
- An example of a font is Adobe Garamond.
A baptismal font.
font definition by Webster's New World
- a large basin, now typically supported by a pedestal, for holding water to be used in baptizing
- an open container, as at a church entrance, for holding holy water
- Archaic a fountain or spring
- a source or origin
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English ; from Classical Latin fons (gen. fontis), spring, fountain
- fontal adjective
Origin: French fonte ; from fondre, to cast, found
font definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A basin for holding baptismal water in a church.
- A receptacle for holy water; a stoup.
- The oil reservoir in an oil-burning lamp.
- An abundant source; a fount: She was a font of wisdom and good sense.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin fōns, font-, from Latin, fountain.
- fontˈal adjective
Origin: French fonte, casting, from Old French (from Vulgar Latin *fundita, from Late Latin, feminine of *funditus, past participle of Latin fundere, to pour forth; see fondant) or from Old French fondre, to melt (from Latin fundere).
font - Computer Definition
A set of type characters of a particular typeface design and size. Each typeface, such as Times Roman, Helvetica and Arial, is typically made available in four variations: normal weight, bold, italic and bold italic. Thus, for bitmapped fonts, which are fully generated ahead of time, four fonts would be required for each point size of the typeface. For scalable fonts, which are generated in any point size on the fly, only four fonts would be required for each typeface. Font Storage Fonts mostly reside in the computer's hard disk as "soft fonts." However, with PostScript fonts, a basic set is built into the printer along with the PostScript rasterizing engine. In the early days, plug-in cartridges were common (see font cartridge). See typeface, bitmapped font, scalable font, TrueType and PostScript fonts.