[ bohld-feys ]
/ ˈboʊldˌfeɪs /


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), bold·faced, bold·fac·ing.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bold face

bold face


printing a weight of type characterized by thick heavy lines, as the entry words in this dictionaryCompare light face

adjective boldface

(of type) having this weight
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