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green card

an official card, originally green, issued by the U.S. government to foreign nationals permitting them to work in the U.S.
Origin of green card
First recorded in 1965-70
Related forms
green-carder, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The green card was good for nothing during a week of red cards.

    The Iron Ration

    George Abel Schreiner
  • Why did I get a red card while most of the others got a green card?

    From the Bottom Up

    Alexander Irvine
British Dictionary definitions for green card

green card

an official permit allowing the holder permanent residence and employment, issued to foreign nationals in the US
an insurance document covering motorists against accidents abroad
(social welfare) (in Britain) an identification card issued by the Manpower Services Commission to a disabled person, to show registration for employment purposes and eligibility for special services See also handicap register, registered disabled
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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