debit card


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: a card like a credit card by which money may be withdrawn or the cost of purchases paid directly from the holder's bank account without the payment of interest

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Defendant concealed a debit card associated with his bitcoin account in his kitchen cabinet. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Developer faces prison after admitting admin software was really a RAT," 16 July 2018 Salazar is on parole on a one-year sentence for illegally possessing another person's credit or debit card, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Southland police blotter," 10 July 2018 The year-round program offers free entry to more than 200 national arts institutions on the first full weekend of each month by showing an ID and a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card. Doreen Christensen,, "Free entry at museums this on July 7-8," 2 July 2018 Season pass holders also can pay for food and beverage with wristband technology that links to a credit or debit card. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Typhoon Texas presents summer-long live music series," 19 June 2018 At Target, save 5 percent on most gift cards with a Target credit or debit card. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Stuck on what to give dad for Father's Day? These gift cards come with bonuses," 14 June 2018 Second Measure: Measured ride-share spending across credit and debit card users who made at least one ride-hailing transaction, so user base skews more urban and affluent than the overall population. Rani Molla, Recode, "Americans seem to like ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. But it’s hard to say exactly how many use them.," 24 June 2018 Sales Shift Whole Foods is winning back shoppers after Amazon bought it and slashed prices, an analysis of anonymized credit and debit card transactions shows. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Attention, Amazon Prime Members Who Shop at Whole Foods: You’re in Luck," 16 June 2018 But kids can buy Juuls in bulk on eBay and Alibaba with prepaid debit cards and a little creativity. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of Juul," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of debit card

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of debit card was in 1975

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English Language Learners Definition of debit card

: a small plastic card that is used to buy things by having the money to pay for them taken directly from your bank account

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