face card

noun

: a king, queen, or jack in a deck of cards

Examples of face card in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Celebs gifted us with non-stop moments of their never-declining face cards over the weekend. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 22 Jan. 2024 Queens Corner The veteran actresses show off their exquisite face cards while at the BAFTAs in London on Feb. 19. Smooches for Bestie Curtis lays a sweet smooch on Yeoh's head in this candid moment captured at the BAFTAs. Stephanie Sengwe, Peoplemag, 12 Mar. 2023 Cut to the face card where her alluring makeup offsets the glitzy garb. Essence Beauty Editors, Essence, 12 Oct. 2022 Anytime the award-winning actress crosses our feeds it’s either for a stellar performance, those ever-aspirational arms or because the face card continues to be top tier. Blake Newby, Essence, 28 Feb. 2022 Also note: Rihanna served this look and her face card in the middle of a winter storm. Ana Escalante, Glamour, 31 Jan. 2022 Players flip over cards one-by-one, taking turns around the table and trying to get a win by playing a face card and scooping the pile up. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 21 Nov. 2020 Twelve cards remain hidden, out of a starting deck of 22 that contained only face cards, 10s and two jokers. Robert McCoppin, chicagotribune.com, 26 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1804, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of face card was circa 1804

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“Face card.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/face%20card. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

face card

noun
: a king, queen, or jack in a deck of cards
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