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boldface

[bohld-feys] /ˈboʊldˌfeɪs/ Printing.
noun
1.
type or print that has thick, heavy lines, used for emphasis, headings, etc.
This is a sample of boldface
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adjective
2.
typeset or printed in boldface.
verb (used with object), boldfaced, boldfacing.
3.
to mark (copy) to be set in boldface.
Compare lightface.
Origin of boldface
1685-1695
First recorded in 1685-95; bold + face
Can be confused
barefaced, boldface, bold-faced.
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Historical Examples
  • No doubt he meant to shoot, but I was quite ready for him and put a bold face on it.

  • "I am a friend of Mr. Grey's," said Maurice, putting on a bold face.

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • If he meet officers, all he has to do is put on a bold face and trust to his disguise.

    Starlight Ranch Charles King
  • He, however, put a bold face on the matter and stood looking on.

    Jack at Sea George Manville Fenn
  • “We must keep a bold face and retreat,” said Yussuf in a quick low tone.

    Yussuf the Guide George Manville Fenn
  • “We must put a bold face on the matter,” said Dick, taking my hand.

    Charley Laurel W. H. G. Kingston
  • Branwen felt that her only chance was to put a bold face on matters.

    The Hot Swamp R.M. Ballantyne
  • Even when he was out at elbows and at his wits' end for money he kept up a bold face.

    Dubliners James Joyce
  • Well, there's but one thing to be done, and that's to put a bold face on it.

    The Wit of Women

    Kate Sanborn
  • He would put a bold face on his usurpation, and strike while the iron was hot.

    The Expositor's Bible F. W. Farrar
British Dictionary definitions for bold face

bold face

noun
1.
(printing) a weight of type characterized by thick heavy lines, as the entry words in this dictionary Compare light face
adjective
2.
(of type) having this weight
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