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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
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  • While gazing on the carte-de-visite she was roused from the sweet reverie it had called up by hearing footsteps outside.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • We will suppose that we are going to mount a day's work of carte-de-visite prints.

  • 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
  • The “Tintype” is now being largely practised in America, and is fitted into an envelope or slip, carte-de-visite size.

  • This is quite sufficient for working with carte-de-visite portraits.

  • The bearded man extinguished his cigarette and rose, laying a carte-de-visite on the tabouret.

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath

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