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

Definition of boldface

: a heavy-faced type also : printing in boldface

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Examples of boldface in a Sentence

The headline was printed in boldface.
Recent Examples on the Web Katy Waldman at Slate points out that Twitter and some other texting apps don’t allow for italics and boldface, which makes capitalization an increasingly important way to show enthusiasm. Dan Kopf, Quartzy, "The rise of all-lowercase and all-uppercase song titles," 21 Aug. 2019 Some experts say that when news organizations report casualty figures in boldface, attackers try to one-up each other. Dennis Romero, NBC News, "Mass shootings: Experts say violence is contagious, and 24/7 news cycle doesn't help," 5 Aug. 2019 Obama guest lists are Clintonian: boldface and heavy on Hollywood. Wil Haygood, Town & Country, "The Best (and Worst) White House Parties of All Time," 1 Jan. 2013 The boldface names were not unusual for Mr. Epstein. New York Times, "Jeffrey Epstein Is Accused of Luring Girls to His Manhattan Mansion and Abusing Them," 7 July 2019 There are invariably some boldface names in the throng, a few adorably sulky teenage hipsters, a clutch of serious New York theater impresarios, and a number of confused millennials. Sally Singer, Vogue, "With Slash, a Fetish for Pop Culture Leads to the Stage," 8 Jan. 2019 Playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, actress Laura Benanti, and comedian Rachel Dratch were among the many boldface names who came out to catch the performance. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Lin-Manuel Miranda, Laura Benanti, and More Attend the Opening of Shakespeare in the Park’s Twelfth Night," 1 Aug. 2018 Here are some of the boldface names and groups listed on the invite as members of Leach’s host committee: State Rep. Greg Vitali. Chris Brennan,, "The Democratic establishment is standing behind Daylin Leach after #MeToo allegations | Clout," 15 June 2018 Hence the peekaboo shots of the Vogue editor Anna Wintour, as well as of boldface names (Serena Williams, Katie Holmes) and swoony close-ups of gowns and gems. Gary Ross, New York Times, "Review: ‘Ocean’s 8’ Women Walk Away With a Male Franchise. Sort Of.," 5 June 2018

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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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“Boldface.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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