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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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for boldface

font, case, boldface, roman, italic, agate, pica

Examples from the Web for boldface

Contemporary Examples of boldface

Historical Examples of boldface

  • 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