SIM card


variants or less commonly SIM
plural SIM cards also SIMs
: a card that is inserted into a device (such as a cell phone) and that is used to identify a subscriber on a communications network and to store data (such as phone numbers or contact information)

Examples of SIM card in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Agents discovered a phone SIM card hidden beneath the sole inside one of his shoes. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, 7 Apr. 2021 However, the defendant has firmly dismissed the claims, and his attorney further contended that at the time, some seven years ago, anybody could purchase a phone SIM card without showing identification. Hollie McKay, Fox News, 21 Sep. 2020

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Word History


subscriber identity module

First Known Use

1991, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of SIM card was in 1991

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“SIM card.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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