boldface

[ bohld-feys ]
/ ˈboʊldˌfeɪs /
Printing.
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noun

type or print that has thick, heavy lines, used for emphasis, headings, etc.

adjective

typeset or printed in boldface.

verb (used with object), bold·faced, bold·fac·ing.

to mark (copy) to be set in boldface.

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Compare lightface.

Origin of boldface

First recorded in 1685–95; bold + face

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH boldface

barefaced, boldface , bold-faced
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Example sentences from the Web for boldface

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for boldface

bold face

noun

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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