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calling card

noun
1.
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.
2.
Informal. any mark, sign, trace, characteristic, or the like by which someone or something can be recognized.
3.
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
1895-1900
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900
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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

noun
1.
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
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