playing card

noun
play·​ing card | \ ˈplā-iŋ- How to pronounce playing card (audio) \

Definition of playing card

: one of a set of 24 to 78 thin rectangular pieces of cardboard or plastic marked on one side to show its rank and suit and used in playing any of numerous games

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Rick's favorite pastimes included reading, music, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, designing floor plans, playing cards and doing the Daily Jumble with his wife. courant.com, "Richard Louis Ricci," 20 Aug. 2019 In a partitioned room behind the woman, two men smoked and played cards on a wooden dining table, lit only by black light and a slowly rotating disco ball. Sean Williams, Harper's magazine, "The Black Axe," 19 Aug. 2019 Never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city? Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "CU Buffs QB Steven Montez on fans, his legacy and why surviving 2018 was “a great experience”," 11 Aug. 2019 All players then play cards from their hands that also relate to the secret word. Aaron Zimmerman, Ars Technica, "The hottest new board games from Gen Con 2019," 10 Aug. 2019 There, adults mingled as the teens huddled in a large group and visited together, playing cards and laughing into the night. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "Budding friendship between La Cañada, Spanish sister city in full bloom 3 years in," 5 July 2019 In January 1801, Chambers and Rowan played cards at a local tavern. Stuart Sanders, The Courier-Journal, "Before Burr shot Hamilton, this 1800s Kentucky duel ended in bloodshed," 13 June 2019 To help keep a sense of community, the school organized events for students to go bowling, visit a trampoline park or just get together and play cards. Washington Post, "From fire and ash to caps, gowns: Graduation in burned town," 6 June 2019 To help keep a sense of community, the school organized events for students to go bowling, visit a trampoline park or just get together and play cards. Fox News, "From fire and ash to caps, gowns: Graduation in burned town," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of playing card

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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playing card

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playing card

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Kids Definition of playing card

: any of a set of cards marked to show rank and suit ( spades, hearts, diamonds, or clubs ) and used in playing various games

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