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playing card

one of the conventional set of 52 cards in four suits, as diamonds, hearts, spades, and clubs, used in playing various games of chance and skill.
one of any set or pack of cards used in playing games.
Origin of playing card
1535-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Then came a most exasperating moment, when I hugged the ground so close that my body felt no thicker than a playing card.

    Wings of the Wind Credo Harris
  • His Grace thereupon angrily seized a playing card from the table where he was engaged in gambling, and complied with the request.

    As I Remember Marian Gouverneur
  • In Bavarian cant a playing card is karzerweg—the road to prison.

    The Criminal Havelock Ellis
  • A dictionary is then given for examination, after which a lady inserts in it, at any page, a playing card.

    Magic Ellis Stanyon
  • It was neither a visiting nor a playing card, but one bearing a photographic portrait of a peculiar nature.

    A Laodicean Thomas Hardy
  • One of his most sensational feats was for his assistant to hold a playing card, the three of hearts, horizontally.

  • The cards are told as follows: First, the ‘playing card;’ second, the suit; third, the number or picture.

British Dictionary definitions for playing card

playing card

one of a pack of 52 rectangular stiff cards, used for playing a variety of games, each card having one or more symbols of the same kind (diamonds, hearts, clubs, or spades) on the face, but an identical design on the reverse See also suit (sense 4)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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