bold·​face ˈbōl(d)-ˌfās How to pronounce boldface (audio)
: a heavy-faced type
also : printing in boldface

Examples of boldface in a Sentence

The headline was printed in boldface.
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of boldface was circa 1871

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“Boldface.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


bold·​face ˈbōl(d)-ˌfās How to pronounce boldface (audio)
: a type having thick dark lines compare lightface
: printing set in boldface

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