|Origin:||carte, from Old Italian carta 'sheet of paper', from Latin charta; CHART1|
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a small piece of plastic or paper containing information about a person or showing, for example, that they belong to a particular organization, club etc:
Employees must show their identity cards at the gate.
I haven't got my membership card yet.
a small piece of plastic, especially one that you get from a bank or shop, which you use to pay for goods or to get money: ➔ charge card, cheque card, credit card, debit card
Lost or stolen cards must be reported immediately.
a £10 phone card
Every time you use your store card, you get air miles.
a piece of folded thick stiff paper with a picture on the front, that you send to people on special occasions
birthday/Christmas/greetings etc card
a Mother's Day card
a card with a photograph or picture on one side, that you send to someone when you are on holiday [= postcard]:
I sent you a card from Madrid.
thick stiff paper [↪ cardboard]:
stiff paper[uncountable] British EnglishD
Cut a piece of white card 12 × 10cm.
a small piece of thick stiff paper that information can be written or printed on:
for writing information[countable]
a set of recipe cards
a score card
a small piece of thick stiff paper with numbers and signs or pictures one side. There are 52 cards in a set [= playing card]
pack/deck of cards (=a complete set of cards)
game in which these cards are used:
I'm no good at cards.
We were having a game of cards.
Let's play cards.
a book of card games
a small piece of thick stiff paper with numbers or pictures on them, used to play a particular game:
a set of cards for playing Snap
a small piece of thick stiff paper with a picture on one side, that is part of a set which people collect
a small piece of thick stiff paper that shows your name, job, and the company you work for; [= business card; ↪ visiting card]:
My name's Adam Carver. Here's my card.
the thing inside a computer that the chips are attached to, that allows the computer to do specific things:
a graphics card
11 British English, be in the cards American English
to seem likely to happen:
At 3-1 down, another defeat seemed to be on the cards.
to deal with a situation in the right way, so that you are successful in getting what you want:
If he plays his cards right, Tony might get a promotion.
to tell people what your plans and intentions are in a clear, honest way:
What I'd like us to do is put our cards on the table and discuss the situation in a rational manner.
to keep your plans, thoughts, or feelings secret
15 British English informal
to have your job taken away from you
to have another advantage that you can use to be successful in a particular situation
something that gives you a big advantage in a particular situation:
The promise of tax cuts proved, as always, to be the Republican Party's trump card.
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if someone's card is marked, they have done something that makes people in authority disapprove of them
an amusing or unusual person:
person[countable] old-fashioned informal
Fred's a real card, isn't he!
a small piece of stiff red or yellow paper, shown to a player who has done something wrong in a game such as football
a list of races or matches at a sports event, especially a horse race:
list at sports event[countable]
a full card of 120 riders for the Veterans race
a small piece of thick stiff paper with a special picture on one side, that is put down in a pattern in order to tell someone what will happen in their future
a tool that is similar to a comb and is used for combing, cleaning, and preparing wool or cotton for spinning