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credit card

a card that identifies a person as entitled to have food, merchandise, services, etc., billed on a charge account.
Origin of credit card
1885-90, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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credit card

a card issued by banks, businesses, etc, enabling the holder to obtain goods and services on credit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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