bold·​face | \ˈbōl(d)-ˌfās \

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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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 The list goes on and on — and that’s just the feature boldface names. Jaclyn Friedman, Vox, "Schneiderman said his alleged abuse was “role playing.” As a sex educator, I’m horrified.," 11 May 2018 Replace it with a new mass movement of all journalists — not just the boldface names but the fearless folks who hold local folks accountable from Peoria to Kalamazoo. and declare an April celebration of what’s actually good about journalism. Will Bunch,, "Michelle Wolf's truth bombs aren't the only thing America's elite journalists don't get | Will Bunch," 30 Apr. 2018 Both were high speed, filled with constant auditory and visual cues all competing for attention, and both had procedural boldface. Jim Huizenga, STAT, "Using Air Force ‘boldface’ to ease the opioid crisis," 23 Apr. 2018 Apart from the Bathsheba and Sewall, few other boldface names from the trials cameo in the episode. Rachel Kaufman, Smithsonian, "Welcome to Salem, Witches: “Timeless” Season 2, Episode 4, Recapped," 9 Apr. 2018 In other boldface transactions in February, the rocker Jon Bon Jovi and the comedian Seth Meyers each sold condominium units in the West Village. Vivian Marino, New York Times, "Triplex Fit for a Prince, and Owned by One, Finally Sells," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of boldface

circa 1871, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of boldface

: letters that are printed in thick, dark lines


bold·​face | \ˈbōld-ˌfās \

Kids Definition of boldface

: a heavy black type

Other Words from boldface

bold-faced \-​ˌfāst \ adjective

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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