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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bold face
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

(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
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