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calling card

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noun
  1. 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.
  2. Informal. any mark, sign, trace, characteristic, or the like by which someone or something can be recognized.
  3. 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
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Related Words

card

Examples from the Web for calling card

Historical Examples

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

    Sandy

    Alice Hegan Rice

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for calling card

calling card

noun
  1. 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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