calling card

[ kaw-ling kahrd ]
/ ˈkɔ lɪŋ ˌkɑrd /


Also called card, visiting card. a small card with the name and often the address of a person or of a couple, for presenting when making a business or social call, for enclosing in gifts, etc.
Informal. any mark, sign, trace, characteristic, or the like by which someone or something can be recognized.
Also called phone card . a prepaid card or charge card that can be used to make a telephone call at home or away from home.



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Origin of calling card

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for calling card

  • His vow that he would enter without so much as a calling-card had come true sooner than he had hoped.

    Bambi|Marjorie Benton Cooke
  • You ought to know better than to stick out your hand for a lady's calling-card.

    Sandy|Alice Hegan Rice

British Dictionary definitions for calling card

calling card


a small card bearing the name and usually the address of a person, esp for giving to business or social acquaintancesAlso called: visiting card
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