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credit card

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noun
  1. a card that identifies a person as entitled to have food, merchandise, services, etc., billed on a charge account.
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Origin of credit card

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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  • He hates being put on hold when he calls about his credit-card bill.

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British Dictionary definitions for credit card

credit card

noun
  1. a card issued by banks, businesses, etc, enabling the holder to obtain goods and services on credit
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Word Origin and History for credit card

1952 in the modern sense; the phrase was used late 19c. to mean "traveler's check."

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