- foun·tain·head (foun′tən-hĕd′) n. 1. A spring that is the source or head of a stream. 2. A chief and copious source; an originator: "the intellectual fountainhead of the black conservatives" (Jerrold K. Footlick).
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When it first entered English in the late 16th century, fountainhead was used only in a literal sense—to refer to the source of a stream. By the 17th century, however, it was already beginning to be used figuratively in reference to any original or primary source. In his 1854 work Walden, Henry David Thoreau used the word in its figurative sense, while paying full homage to its literal meaning as well: "Morning air!
fountainhead. ( ˈfaʊntɪnˌhɛd) n. 1. (Physical Geography) a spring that is the source of a stream. 2. a principal or original source. Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014.
fountainhead noun (STATUE) [ C ] a decorative object made of stone, metal, etc. with a small opening that water comes out of as part of a fountain (= a decorative stream of water in a garden, lake, etc.): The yard is full of huge blue and green glazed pots, tiles, plaques and decorative fountainheads. More examples.
1 a point or place at which something is invented or provided. historically, California has served as the fountainhead of that eclectic group of self-actualization movements known as the New Age. Synonyms for fountainhead. cradle, font, fountain, origin, root, seedbed,
fountainhead in American English. (ˈfauntnˌhed) noun. 1. a fountain or spring from which a stream flows; the head or source of a stream. 2. a chief source of anything. a fountainhead of information. Most material © 2005, 1997, 1991 by Penguin Random House LLC.