verb (1)
em·​boss | \ im-ˈbäs How to pronounce emboss (audio) , -ˈbȯs \
embossed; embossing; embosses

Definition of emboss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to raise the surface of into bosses especially : to ornament with raised work
2 : to raise in relief from a surface


verb (2)
embossed; embossing; embosses

Definition of emboss (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to drive (a hunted animal) to bay or to exhaustion

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Other Words from emboss

Verb (1)

embossable \ im-​ˈbä-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce emboss (audio) , -​ˈbȯ-​ \ adjective
embosser \ im-​ˈbä-​sər How to pronounce emboss (audio) , -​ˈbȯ-​ \ noun
embossment \ im-​ˈbä-​smənt How to pronounce emboss (audio) , -​ˈbȯ-​ \ noun

First Known Use of emboss

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for emboss

Verb (1)

Middle English embosen, from Middle French embocer, from en- + boce boss

Verb (2)

Middle English embosen to become exhausted from being hunted, ultimately from Anglo-French bois woods

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The first known use of emboss was in the 14th century

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“Emboss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emboss. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for emboss


em·​boss | \ im-ˈbäs How to pronounce emboss (audio) , -ˈbȯs \
embossed; embossing

Kids Definition of emboss

: to decorate with a raised pattern or design

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