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.
Recent Examples on the Web Jordan and Pitbull are the latest boldface names to latch onto motorsports. Dan Gelston, Star Tribune, "Hall of Famer Jordan set for biggest leap yet into NASCAR," 12 Feb. 2021 Conversations can be intimate, like a phone call, or might include thousands of people listening to a talk by boldface names, like a conference or stage interview. Barbara Ortutay And Michael Liedtke, San Francisco Chronicle, "What is Clubhouse, the buzzy audio chat app that even San Francisco's mayor has joined?," 10 Feb. 2021 None of the other speakers at the rally — a boldface-name collection of Trumpworld characters like Roger Stone and Alex Jones — got as enthusiastic a reception. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, "Pushing QAnon and Stolen Election Lies, Flynn Re-emerges," 6 Feb. 2021 Think back four years to Trump’s inauguration, with its sad little performances by 3 Doors Down and the Piano Guys, and all of Biden’s boldface names can start to seem like overkill. Los Angeles Times, "Music stars bring songs of hope to Biden inauguration, but COVID and Trump cast long shadows," 20 Jan. 2021 Biden has also chosen some boldface names: John Kerry as international climate envoy and former Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen as treasury secretary. TheWeek, "Biden's White House: 'Sipping unflavored almond milk' after guzzling vats of Tabasco for 4 years," 24 Nov. 2020 The on-screen type appears in boldface and capital letters. Kit R. Roane, Scientific American, "Vaping Industry Echoes Big Tobacco’s Misleading Call for Science," 17 Nov. 2020 But McConaughey wants readers to look beyond the boldface name on its cover and focus on its fundamental message. Dave Itzkoff, New York Times, "Matthew McConaughey Wrote the Book on Matthew McConaughey," 14 Oct. 2020 Even with its big rep and boldface names, the Yanks' relief corps was mid-pack all season, ranking 16th in ERA, WHIP, K/9 and BB/9. Anthony Mccarron,, "Yankees vs. Rays American League Division Series: Inside the matchups," 4 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of boldface

circa 1871, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of boldface was circa 1871

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2 Mar 2021

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“Boldface.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of boldface

: letters that are printed in thick, dark lines


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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