Etymology
Advertisement

fontanelle (n.)

also fontanel, 1540s, "hollow between two muscles," from French fontanelle (16c.), from Old French fontenele "small source, fountain, spring; fontanelle," diminutive of fontaine "spring" (see fountain), on analogy of the dent in the earth where a spring arises. In reference to the "hollow" in a baby's skull, it is first recorded 1741.

updated on January 12, 2013

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of fontanelle from WordNet

fontanelle (n.)
any membranous gap between the bones of the cranium in an infant or fetus;
Synonyms: fontanel / soft spot
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.

Dictionary entries near fontanelle

fondle

fondly

fondness

fondue

font

fontanelle

food

foodie

foodoholic

foodstuff

fool