\ ˈkärd How to pronounce card (audio) \
carded; carding; cards

Definition of card

 (Entry 1 of 5)

transitive verb

: to cleanse, disentangle, and collect together (fibers) by the use of cards preparatory to spinning

Definition of card (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : an instrument or machine for carding fibers that consists usually of bent wire teeth set closely in rows in a thick piece of leather fastened to a back
2 : an implement for raising a nap on cloth

Definition of card (Entry 3 of 5)

2 cards plural in form but singular or plural in construction
a : a game played with cards
b : card playing
3a : something (such as an advantage) compared to a valuable playing card in one's hand holding all the cards in negotiations
b : an issue especially with emotional appeal that is brought into play to achieve a desired end (such as winning a political campaign) played the race card
4 : a usually clownishly amusing person : wag he's such a card
6a : a flat stiff usually small and rectangular piece of material (such as paper, cardboard, or plastic) usually bearing information: such as
(1) : postcard
(5) : one bearing a picture (as of a baseball player) on one side and usually statistical data on the other
(6) : one on which computer information is stored (as in the form of punched holes or magnetic encoding)
(7) : one bearing electronic circuit components for insertion into a larger electronic device (such as a computer)
b : program especially : a sports program three fights on the card
c(1) : a wine list
(2) : menu
d : greeting card a birthday card
in the cards or less commonly on the cards
: inevitable success just wasn't in the cards for her
carded; carding; cards

Definition of card (Entry 4 of 5)

transitive verb

1 : to place or fasten on or by means of a card
2 : to provide with a card
3 : to list or record on a card
4 : score a golfer carding a 75
5 : to ask for identification (as in a bar) we all got carded

Definition of card (Entry 5 of 5)

Other Words from card

Verb (1)

carder noun

First Known Use of card

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for card

Noun (1)

Middle English carde, from Medieval Latin cardus, carduus, thistle, carding instrument, from Latin carduus thistle — more at chard

Noun (2)

Middle English carde, from Anglo-French, alteration of Middle French carte, probably from Old Italian carta, literally, leaf of paper, from Latin charta leaf of papyrus, from Greek chartēs

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The first known use of card was in the 14th century

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“Card.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/card?pronunciation&lang=en_us&file=card0001. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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\ ˈkärd How to pronounce card (audio) \

Kids Definition of card

1 : a decorated piece of thick paper that contains a greeting or is used to write a message birthday card note card
2 : a thick stiff piece of paper or plastic that contains information about a person or business I lost my library card.
4 cards plural : a game played with playing cards
5 trading card baseball cards
7 : a thin hard board that has small electronic devices on it and that can be added to a computer to make the computer perform different tasks a video card

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