- 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
First recorded in 1535–45
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Examples from the Web for playing card
“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.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume I (of 3)
Alexander Wheelock Thayer
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.Herbals, Their Origin and Evolution
- 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)