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Word Origin and History for carte-de-visite

carte de visite

n.

1861, French, literally "visiting card" (see card (n.1)); photograph portrait mounted on a 3.5 by 2.5 inch card.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for carte-de-visite

Historical Examples

  • Philip, she had wound silk upon a torn piece of his carte-de-visite, and did not know it till I showed it to her.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • The consul-general will require of you three carte-de-visite size photographs.

  • Colonel Brent knew what had become of the carte-de-visite, but—how happened it in other hands than those of Benton?

    Ray's Daughter

    Charles King

  • Under them were a short household account, a dry moss-rosebud, and an old pair of carte-de-visite photographs.

    Desperate Remedies

    Thomas Hardy

  • For a carte-de-visite, a head measuring about 11/4 inches from the top of the head to the chin is a good proportion.