debit card


: a card like a credit card by which money may be withdrawn or the cost of purchases paid directly from the holder's bank account without the payment of interest

Examples of debit card in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During a November broadcast, Bush Hager shared how Mila put effort into asking for a debit card. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 5 Feb. 2024 By doing so, officials say the woman refunded the customers’ payments to her own credit and debit cards. Jennifer Rodriguez, Kansas City Star, 22 Jan. 2024 Banks using the loophole have collected billions by charging a fee, typically $35, when customers make debit card transactions that give them a negative balance. Harold Maass, The Week Us, theweek, 17 Jan. 2024 Increasingly, contactless payment is the norm; for teens, a debit card feels as out of touch as a landline. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 29 Dec. 2023 The use of American credit and debit cards remains restricted, but many businesses accept U.S. dollars. Michael Snyder, Travel + Leisure, 23 Dec. 2023 Paying a minimum of $10 just to set up a debit card for a few purchases is a steep price. Jay L. Zagorsky, The Conversation, 22 Jan. 2024 These include credit/debit cards, eWallets, and cryptos so that most players will be able to find their preferred banking options. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 19 Jan. 2024 But what began as a niche service expanded into an enormous profit center for banks with the proliferation of debit cards, which has customers debiting their bank accounts for small and large amounts each day, often multiple times. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 17 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of debit card was in 1975

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“Debit card.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

debit card

: a card like a credit card but by which money is withdrawn from the holder's bank account immediately at the time of a transaction (as a purchase)

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