calling card


Definition of calling card

2 : a sign or evidence that someone or something is or has been present broadly : an identifying mark
3 : 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 Rail journeys have long been a calling card in Taiwan, home to a stunning mix of forest, mountain and ocean scenery. Kate Springer, CNN, 16 Nov. 2021 In Another Life, fit, well-toned and often scantily clad bodies are something of a calling card throughout the show. Gus Alexiou, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 Well, as the Dodgers and Giants go at each other’s throats, Milwaukee will entertain a potent but flawed Braves team whose calling card is a punishing lineup. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 7 Oct. 2021 But his deeply felt romantic éclat always remained his calling card. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 1 Oct. 2021 Fortunately for DiVincenzo, this is his calling card. Brian Sampson, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Don’t be surprised if Miami’s coaches dial up more blitzes, because that has been Josh Boyer’s calling card as a defensive coordinator going back to last season. Omar Kelly,, 21 Sep. 2021 But the Game of Life, which has been marketed around the world in at least 20 languages, remained Mr. Klamer’s calling card. Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2021 While such rivals as Saatchi & Saatchi PLC made audacious acquisitions, McCann methodically augmented the international network of offices that had been its calling card for decades. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 9 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of calling card

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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29 Nov 2021

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“Calling card.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of calling card

: a plastic card that allows a person to charge telephone calls to an account
: a small card presented when making a formal visit to someone that has the name and sometimes the address of the visitor

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