bold·​face | \ ˈbōl(d)-ˌfās How to pronounce boldface (audio) \

Definition of boldface

: a heavy-faced type also : printing in boldface

Examples of boldface in a Sentence

The headline was printed in boldface.
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First Known Use of boldface

circa 1871, in the meaning defined above

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“Boldface.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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bold·​face | \ ˈbōld-ˌfās How to pronounce boldface (audio) \

Kids Definition of boldface

: a heavy black type

Other Words from boldface

bold-faced \ -​ˌfāst \ adjective

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