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

Origin of boldface

First recorded in 1685–95; bold + face
Can be confusedbarefaced boldface bold-faced
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Examples from the Web for bold-face

Historical Examples

  • Read the rule (printed in bold-face type), and study the examples.

    The Century Handbook of Writing

    Garland Greever

  • 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

  • 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."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper