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playing card

  1. 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.
  2. one of any set or pack of cards used in playing games.
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Origin of playing card

First recorded in 1535–45
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Examples from the Web for playing card

Historical Examples

  • “But there is a better way,” said Gutenberg, still studying the playing-card.

    Historic Inventions

    Rupert S. Holland

  • He does not appear to have known one playing-card from another.

  • At two feet from the body, upon the floor, I saw a playing-card.

  • Do you mean to say that you are a flat surface, like a playing-card, with 'music' painted on you?

    Hildegarde's Home

    Laura E. Richards

  • The origin of wood-engraving is closely connected with the early history of playing-card manufacture.

British Dictionary definitions for playing card

playing card

  1. 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 reverseSee also suit (def. 4)
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