- Emboss is defined as to carve, or to decorate with raised designs.
An example of emboss is to engrave a pattern in a wooden table.
An old certificate embossed with a gold seal.
emboss definition by Webster's New World
- to decorate or cover with designs, patterns, etc. raised above the surface
- to carve, raise, or print (a design, etc.) so that it is raised above the surface; raise in relief
- to embellish; ornament
Origin: Middle English embocen ; from Old French embocer: see en- and amp; boss
emboss definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb em·bossed, em·boss·ing, em·boss·es
- To mold or carve in relief: emboss a design on a coin.
- To decorate with or as if with a raised design: emboss leather.
- To adorn; decorate.
- To cover with many protuberances; stud: “The whole buoy was embossed with barnacles” (Herman Melville).
Origin: Middle English embosen, from Old French embocer : en-, in; see en-1 + boce, knob.
- em·bossˈer noun