Emboss Definition

ĕm-bôs, -bŏs
embossed, embosses, embossing
embossed, embosses, embossing
To decorate or cover with designs, patterns, etc. raised above the surface.
Webster's New World
To carve, raise, or print (a design, etc.) so that it is raised above the surface; raise in relief.
Webster's New World
To embellish; ornament.
Webster's New World
To cover with many protuberances; stud.
American Heritage

To mark or decorate with a raised design or symbol.

The papers weren't official until the seal had been embossed on them.

Origin of Emboss

  • Middle English embosen from Old French embocer en- in en–1 boce knob

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps from em- +‎ Old French bos, bois (“wood”). Compare imbosk.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English embosen, from Old French embocer.

    From Wiktionary

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