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boldface

[bohld-feys] /ˈboʊldˌfeɪs/ Printing.
noun
1.
type or print that has thick, heavy lines, used for emphasis, headings, etc.
This is a sample of boldface
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adjective
2.
typeset or printed in boldface.
verb (used with object), boldfaced, boldfacing.
3.
to mark (copy) to be set in boldface.
Compare lightface.
Origin of boldface
1685-1695
1685-95; bold + face
Can be confused
barefaced, boldface, bold-faced.
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Historical Examples
  • 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.

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

    Why We Punctuate William Livingston Klein
  • 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
n.

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
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