calling card


: a sign or evidence that someone or something is or has been present
broadly : an identifying mark
: a card displaying a number that can be used to charge telephone calls to a single account regardless of where the calls are placed

Examples of calling card in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For indie filmmakers who haven’t won an Oscar, a big movie can serve as a calling card in the greater world. Stephanie Zacharek, TIME, 17 July 2024 To be sure, these weighty, at times rough garments don’t necessarily have the irresistibly soft hand or lightness that’s the calling card of many Italian luxury brands. Naomi Rougeau, Robb Report, 26 June 2024 It’s been an even more prominent calling card of progressives since the overturn. Alan Wooten | The Center Square, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 24 June 2024 The openness of the Inner Harbor is a calling card that residents enjoy on a daily basis from their windows, balconies and walks. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 19 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for calling card 

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Word History

First Known Use

1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of calling card was in 1808

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“Calling card.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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