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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The structure is a new way to present the Louis Vuitton monogram, which figures prominently in the company’s high-end and more accessible watches—its monogram, after all, is the fashion and lifestyle company’s calling card. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 14 Apr. 2023 Their commitment to original work has become their calling card. Nicole Sperling, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2023 Candor is her calling card. Karen Heller, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2023 And though his path may strike some as counterintuitive, YoungBoy’s perpetual underdog status only galvanizes his die-hard supporters, for whom aggrievement has become a calling card, regularly spamming comment sections in frantic defense of their favorite. Meaghan Garvey, Billboard, 1 Feb. 2023 Speed has long been Hunter’s calling card. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 24 Sep. 2022 Defense has long been Johnson’s calling card. Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Mar. 2022 Praia de Marinha, Portugal Golden sand and striking limestone cliffs are calling cards for beaches in Portugal's southern Algarve region. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 27 Mar. 2023 The square neckline and skinny straps are both calling cards of the decade, and their minimalistic look feels sophisticated. Leah Melby Clinton, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of calling card was in 1808

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“Calling card.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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