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adjective card–car·ry·ing \ˈkärd-ˌka-rē-iŋ\

Simple Definition of card–carrying

  • : known as an active member of a group or organization

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of card–carrying

  1. 1 :  being a full-fledged member of an organization (as a Communist party)

  2. 2 a :  strongly identified with a group (as of people with a common interest) <card–carrying members of the ecology movement — R. J. Neuhaus> b :  being such emphatically or unmistakably <a card–carrying hippie>

Origin and Etymology of card–carrying

from the assumption that such a person carries an identification card

First Known Use: 1948

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