[ 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 confusedbarefaced boldface bold-faced Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bold-face

  • Side-heads are generally put in italics, but often in small capitals or bold-face type.

    Why We Punctuate|William Livingston Klein
  • But it was a bold-face paragraph, set to the left of the main article, that drove the color from her cheeks.

    Find the Woman|Arthur Somers Roche
  • Read the rule (printed in bold-face type), and study the examples.

  • Where the subject receives the most extended notice the page number is in bold-face type.

    Trees of Indiana|Charles Clemon Deam

Word Origin and History for bold-face



in typography, 1845, from bold (adj.) + face (n.). In reference to types, bold (adj.) is attested from 1790, perhaps from the secondary sense "easily visible, striking to the eye."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper