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[bohld-feys] /ˈboʊldˌfeɪs/ Printing.
type or print that has thick, heavy lines, used for emphasis, headings, etc.
This is a sample of boldface
typeset or printed in boldface.
verb (used with object), boldfaced, boldfacing.
to mark (copy) to be set in boldface.
Compare lightface.
Origin of boldface
First recorded in 1685-95; bold + face
Can be confused
barefaced, boldface, bold-faced. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Putting a bold face on it, the lovers stood on one side, to permit this company to pass them.

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

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • “We must keep a bold face and retreat,” said Yussuf in a quick low tone.

    Yussuf the Guide George Manville Fenn
  • If he meet officers, all he has to do is put on a bold face and trust to his disguise.

    Starlight Ranch Charles King
  • Clifton winced, but put a bold face on the matter, and told in as few words as possible the story of his having been sent home.

    David Fleming's Forgiveness Margaret Murray Robertson
  • “We must put a bold face on the matter,” said Dick, taking my hand.

    Charley Laurel W. H. G. Kingston
  • I cut a cudgel, and putting on a bold face, marched towards her, while Biddy followed with her milking stool.

  • Branwen felt that her only chance was to put a bold face on matters.

    The Hot Swamp R.M. Ballantyne
  • A dark and cold shade fell over the bold face of Robin of Redesdale at these words.

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for bold face

bold face

(printing) a weight of type characterized by thick heavy lines, as the entry words in this dictionary Compare light face
(of type) having this weight
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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