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[em-baws, -bos] /ɛmˈbɔs, -ˈbɒs/
verb (used with object)
to raise or represent (surface designs) in relief.
to decorate (a surface) with raised ornament.
Metalworking. to raise a design on (a blank) with dies of similar pattern, one the negative of the other.
Compare coin (def 10).
to cause to bulge out; make protuberant.
Origin of emboss
1350-1400; Middle English embosen < Middle French embocer, equivalent to em- em-1 + boce boss2
Related forms
embossable, adjective
embosser, noun
embossment, noun
unembossed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for emboss
  • Participating drugs companies emboss a special code onto packages, which customers find by scratching off a coating.
  • Jacket design is what helped emboss books with a cool factor hitherto lacking.
  • The light grade, however, is recommended as easier to emboss by slate and stylus.
British Dictionary definitions for emboss


to mould or carve (a decoration or design) on (a surface) so that it is raised above the surface in low relief
to cause to bulge; make protrude
Derived Forms
embosser, noun
embossment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French embocer, from em- + boceboss²
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Word Origin and History for emboss

late 14c., from Old French *embocer (cf. embocieure "boss, stud, buckle"), from em- (see en- (1)) + boce "knoblike mass" (see boss (n.2)). Related: Embossed; embossing.

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