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calling card

Also called card, visiting card. a small card with the name and often the address of a person or of a couple, for presenting when making a business or social call, for enclosing in gifts, etc.
Informal. any mark, sign, trace, characteristic, or the like by which someone or something can be recognized.
Also called phone card. a prepaid card or charge card that can be used to make a telephone call at home or away from home.
Origin of calling card
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I am in receipt of your calling card with an eleven-word answer to my letter on the back.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • The valet went to his sitting-room and returned with a calling card on a tray.

    The Prodigal Father J. Storer Clouston
  • I have the calling card of reason plus an instinctual nature.

    The Land of Look Behind Paul Cameron Brown
  • But fortunately the calling card appeared to confirm this date.

    Roy Blakeley in the Haunted Camp

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • The acknowledgment must be by informal note, never by a calling card.

    Book of Etiquette Lillian Eichler
British Dictionary definitions for calling card

calling card

a small card bearing the name and usually the address of a person, esp for giving to business or social acquaintances Also called visiting card
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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