Definition of emboss in US English:



[with object]usually as adjective embossed
  • 1Carve, mold, or stamp a design on (a surface) so that it stands out in relief.

    ‘an embossed brass dish’
    • ‘For a three-dimensional effect, some rigid containers are embossed with logos or graphics.’
    • ‘The body of this flagon, originally one of a pair is embossed with flowers and leaves populated by a leaping unicorn and a wild boar with its young.’
    • ‘Also on the outside of the building is a unique copper facade that is embossed with a pattern to create an abstract impression on it to resonate de Young's wooded-park setting.’
    • ‘The deckle-edged artwork is blind embossed with a Disney Seal of Authenticity and is available both raw and framed.’
    • ‘The majority of these are plain spoons which have been embossed with foliage, fruit or flowers in the second half of the 19th century.’
    • ‘They had the wrong magnetic stripe on the card: the front was embossed with the holder's details, but the account and PIN encrypted on the stripe pointed somewhere else.’
    • ‘He fumbled through his pockets until he removed a small grey metal ring with a flat face, embossed with a design that incorporated a longbow, a fey cross, and a rampart lion.’
    • ‘The front was embossed with a teal hummingbird sitting on a tie-dyed tree stump.’
    • ‘The upper blade is embossed with a shell-inspired design.’
    • ‘Upon payment of the required amount of stamp duty, the blank paper was embossed with a red stamp, ornately engraved with the rose and thistle emblem of Queen Anne.’
    • ‘The artwork is embossed with interesting patterns and shapes.’
    • ‘Every print is signed and numbered by the artist and embossed with the Ellis and Lord Editions stamp.’
    • ‘The handle is embossed with a textured pattern that gives a good grip, and there's a small relieved area where your thumb goes comfortably.’
    • ‘It was embossed with gold metal and the background was a classical mahogany color.’
    • ‘The sides are also embossed with Shuttle's branding.’
    • ‘The cork that sealed it was embossed with a grinning skull-and-crossbones.’
    • ‘Alita followed the servant down several corridors until they reached some large oak doors that were embossed with Sir Garth's family emblem.’
    • ‘The cool, slightly embossed surface of wallpaper slid beneath his seeking palms.’
    • ‘The bags are embossed with the sword and shield of the Catholic League, the organizer of the protest.’
    • ‘The front cover was embossed with a rose, and the details seemed to be as delicate as the rose now hanging from my neck.’
    imprint, print, stamp, mark, engrave, deboss, punch, etch, carve, inscribe, cut, chisel
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    1. 1.1 Carve, mold, or stamp (a design) in relief on a surface or object.
      ‘a dull gold casing with the logo embossed on the front’
      • ‘The showstopper, a nearly 8-foot nude self-portrait, is overlaid with a sparse array of embossed, lozenge-shaped leaves impressed from both the front and back of the paper.’
      • ‘The book sports, on its cover, an embossed capital "E" decorated with scroll work.’
      • ‘Introducing the label is a fourteen-track compilation packaged in a soft clear plastic sleeve with the label's logo embossed on the front.’
      • ‘The packaging itself is quite nice, with an embossed Batman leaping out of the front cover of the cardboard box jacket.’
      • ‘He found a Roman coin with the emperor's face embossed.’
      • ‘The overly ornate and silver embossed font for the title and author name is ugly and overblown.’
      • ‘Balancing the tree is a slanting cenotaph, stamped W. W.3 GENERAL, with a log cabin embossed on its base.’
      • ‘He has a dizzying array of possessions that carry his initials embossed on them.’
      • ‘Opt for these sturdy, colorful notebooks with your logo subtly embossed on the cover fabric.’
      • ‘Some photographers have custom portfolio books made with their names embossed in the leather.’
      • ‘The book of condolence was extremely tasteful, with gold embossed lettering on the front cover.’
      • ‘His arrival in America inspired brighter colors and larger pieces and he developed a method of embossing designs around the border of the etched images.’
      • ‘Bags with embroidered or embossed detailing are key this season, because they can be worn with most of the trends.’
      • ‘The cover art immediately catches your eye, sporting the band's embossed name enclosed in a weaving golden border.’
      • ‘I was presented with a white tablet, a dove embossed on one side.’
      • ‘Patrick Robinson, the name of the author, dominates the cover in tall, embossed lettering which dwarfs the title.’
      • ‘The design features the official Scouting Association arrowhead logo embossed over a globe, representing the worldwide growth of Scouting since 1907.’
      • ‘Recently, Peters framed a wedding invitation and embossed the stationery's pattern onto the glass.’
      • ‘The museum, closed since 1991, retains emblems of the Communist era, such as the hammer-and-sickle patterns and profiles of Lenin that are embossed on the interior moldings of the galleries.’
      • ‘The book is well-made, with an Illinois farmhouse embossed on the cover.’


Late Middle English: from the Old French base of obsolete French embosser, from em- ‘into’ + boce ‘protuberance’.