admittedly belonging to a group or party: a card-carrying Communist.
Often Facetious. dedicated to an ideal, profession, or interest: a card-carrying humanist.

Nearby words

  1. card surfing,
  2. card table,
  3. card tart,
  4. card up one's sleeve,
  5. card vote,
  6. card-cut,
  7. card-key,
  8. card.,
  9. cardamom,
  10. cardamom hills

Origin of card-carrying

First recorded in 1945–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for card-carrying



being an official member of a specified organizationa card-carrying union member; a card-carrying Communist
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Word Origin and History for card-carrying



1948, used frequently during Cold War in U.S. (typically in reference to official membership in the communist party), from card (n.1) + present participle of carry (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper