playing card

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

Examples of playing card in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And, while speaking, he sat wrapped in a blanket while playing card games on his computer, which was visible on the live video of the virtual meeting. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Salt Lake City school board member who called teachers ‘lazy’ loses seat," 5 Nov. 2020 Visual clue: Ace of hearts playing card is shown catching fire. Rachel Yang,, "The Masked Singer reveals 3 new costumes and clues for all season 4 celebrities," 14 Sep. 2020 The team has developed a routine of playing card games daily. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Game 7 heroics, lots of poker and little-glory support: The life of Stars' black aces in quarantined playoffs," 9 Sep. 2020 Riders can stop at each place for giveaways and to pick a playing card out of a deck. Pat Stoetzer,, "Downtown Sykesville Connection planning fall events to highlight town, support merchants," 3 Sep. 2020 Turner recalls a Hudson Valley innkeeper who spent two days sanitizing board games in her parlor — including wiping down every playing card, backgammon stone and chess piece. Elizabeth Heath, Washington Post, "Amid coronavirus restrictions, can small inns and B&Bs retain their warm and cozy vibe?," 14 Aug. 2020 Hall got out and engaged in conversation with those playing cards. Carol Robinson |,, "26-year-old sentenced to life in 2016 Selma killing during card game," 9 July 2019 Taranino has plans to golf but no plans to play cards. Ryan Kost,, "‘Age is a sloppy proxy’: Older adults push back on idea that staying safe from coronavirus means staying isolated," 19 May 2020 Players set off on expeditions by playing cards—which come in five different colors and are numbered 2-10—in ascending order on their side of a central board. Aaron Zimmerman, Dan Thurot, Ars Technica, "The best board games to play with your quarantined housemates," 26 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of playing card

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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13 Nov 2020

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“Playing card.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of playing card

: a

playing card


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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