- Rhymes: -ɒnt
Etymology 1From font, from fons.
- A receptacle in a church for holy water - especially one used in baptism
- A receptacle for oil in a lamp.
a receptacle in church for holy water
- Greek: κολυμπήθρα
a receptacle for oil in a lamp
- (British) fount
- A set of glyphs of unified design, belonging to one typeface (e.g., Helvetica), style (e.g., italic), and weight (e.g., boldfaced). Usually representing the letters of an alphabet and its supplementary characters.
- 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. A font file.
(typesetting) a grouping of consistently-designed glyphs
- Czech: písmo
- Danish: skrifttype
- Dutch: lettertype
- Finnish: kirjasin, fontti
- French: fonte,
- German: Schriftart
- Greek: γράμματοσειρά (gramatosira) , γραμματοστοιχείο (gramatostikhio)
- Hebrew: גופן (gofan)
- Icelandic: leturgerð
- Lithuanian: šriftas
- Russian: шрифт
- Ukrainian: шрифт
- Vietnamese: phông, phông chữ
- Canadian Oxford 2004}}
- Bringhurst, Robert (2002). The Elements of Typographic Style, version 2.5, pp 291–2. Vancouver, Hartley & Marks. ISBN 0-88179-133-4.
Etymology 3Apparently from
In typography, a font (also fount) is traditionally defined as a complete character set of a single size of a particular typeface. For example, the set of all characters for 9 point Bulmer is a font, and the 10 point size would be another font.
Since the introduction of personal computers, a broader definition has evolved. The term font is now often used as a metonym for typeface.
EtymologyThe term font, a cognate of the word fondue, derives from Middle French fonte, meaning "(something that has been) melt(ed)", referring to type produced by casting molten metal at a type foundry. English-speaking printers have used the term fount for centuries to refer to the multi-part metal type used to assemble and print in a particular size and typeface.
- Blackwell, Lewis. 20th Century Type. Yale University Press: 2004. ISBN 0-300-10073-6.
- Fiedl, Frederich, Nicholas Ott and Bernard Stein. Typography: An Encyclopedic Survey of Type Design and Techniques Through History. Black Dog & Leventhal: 1998. ISBN 1-57912-023-7.
- Lupton, Ellen. Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students, Princeton Architectural Press: 2004. ISBN 1-5689-8448-0.
- Macmillan, Neil. An A–Z of Type Designers. Yale University Press: 2006. ISBN 0-300-11151-7.
font in French: Fonte de caractères
font in Russian: Фонт
font in Japanese: フォント
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