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boldface

[bohld-feys]Printing.
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noun
  1. type or print that has thick, heavy lines, used for emphasis, headings, etc.This is a sample of boldface
adjective
  1. typeset or printed in boldface.
verb (used with object), bold·faced, bold·fac·ing.
  1. to mark (copy) to be set in boldface.
Compare lightface.

Origin of boldface

First recorded in 1685–95; bold + face
Can be confusedbarefaced boldface bold-faced
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  • In the body of the Dictionary, italics and boldface are as in the original.

  • Based on references to datable external events (shown here in boldface), the story covers at least ten years.

    Alonzo and Melissa

    Daniel Jackson, Jr.

  • On another page appeared a paragraph in boldface type announcing the discovery of a new star in the literary heavens.

    The Fiction Factory

    John Milton Edwards

  • The bottom of the panel gave the Road Commissioner's name in boldface with Houghton's name below in slightly smaller print.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • Words shown in boldface were originally printed in blackletter (gothic) type.

    Roister Doister

    Nicholas Udall