font

A font is the specific style of text that's printed on a page or displayed on a computer screen. It's also the name for the container that holds water used in church baptisms.

When designers talk about fonts, they mean the design, size, and boldness of letters and symbols. Many people use font and typeface interchangeably, but it's more accurate to distinguish the terms. Times New Roman is a typeface, but a specific version of it, like Times New Roman bold 12pt, is a font — it specifies exactly how the text will look. The religious font has a different root, which it shares with fountain.

Definitions of font
  1. noun
    bowl for baptismal water
    synonyms: baptismal font, baptistery, baptistry
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    basin
    a bowl-shaped vessel; usually used for holding food or liquids
  2. noun
    a specific size and style of type within a type family
    synonyms: case, face, fount, typeface
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    unicameral script
    a script with a single case
    bicameral script
    a script having two distinct cases
    constant-width font, fixed-width font, monospaced font, typewriter font
    a typeface is which each character is given the same width (as by a typewriter)
    proportional font
    any font whose different characters have different widths
    cartridge font, font cartridge
    any font that is contained in a cartridge that can be plugged into a computer printer
    Gothic, black letter
    a heavy typeface in use from 15th to 18th centuries
    bold, bold face, boldface
    a typeface with thick heavy lines
    italic
    a typeface with letters slanting upward to the right
    raster font, screen font
    the font that is displayed on a computer screen
    Helvetica, sans serif
    a typeface in which characters have no serifs
    Latin alphabet, Roman alphabet
    the alphabet evolved by the ancient Romans which serves for writing most of the languages of western Europe
    Hebraic alphabet, Hebrew alphabet, Hebrew script
    a Semitic alphabet used since the 5th century BC for writing the Hebrew language (and later for writing Yiddish and Ladino)
    Cyrillic, Cyrillic alphabet
    an alphabet derived from the Greek alphabet and used for writing Slavic languages (Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Ukrainian, and some other Slavic languages)
    Arabic alphabet
    the alphabet of 28 characters derived from Aramaic and used for writing Arabic languages (and borrowed for writing Urdu)
    Bodoni, Bodoni font, modern, modern font
    a typeface (based on an 18th century design by Gianbattista Bodoni) distinguished by regular shape and hairline serifs and heavy downstrokes
    old style, old style font
    a typeface (based on an 18th century design) distinguished by irregularity and slanted ascender serifs and little contrast between light and heavy strokes
    roman, roman letters, roman print, roman type
    a typeface used in ancient Roman inscriptions
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    type
    printed characters
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