playing card

play·​ing card | \ˈplā-iŋ- \

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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Groups of men played cards, while teenagers organized a soccer game on a nearby field. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Migrant Caravan Makes a Stop in Mexico City," 6 Nov. 2018 The soldiers left, the Blades played cards, the rain poured on, and the river rose. Claire Galofaro, The Seattle Times, "North Carolina residents consider fleeing as rivers rise," 17 Sep. 2018 Comfy couches beckon folks to lounge, play Cards Against Humanity or get lost in their laptops and smartphones. Lori Rackl,, "Moxy hotel opens Wednesday, welcoming 'fun hunters' to River North," 9 May 2018 The Norwegian Olympians play cards and charades before their competitions. Sean Gregory/gangneung, Time, "Norway Crushed the Competition at the Winter Olympics. Here Is the Tiny Country's Secret," 23 Feb. 2018 Vita and her brother would also play cards on the stairs going up to the roof and try to sneak into the 5 cent movies as often as possible., "Vita Gray," 10 July 2018 Family and friends come and go all day—swimming, fishing for crabs, playing cards. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Summer on Denmark's Northern Coast," 22 June 2018 In the town of Nacajuca, unemployed oilmen from the indigenous Chontal community played cards on a recent day in the shade of roadside concrete pavilions. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Two States of Mexico Reveal the Split Driving Sunday’s Presidential Election," 28 June 2018 Some were playing cards, some studying and others were chatting. Belinda Soncini, miamiherald, "When Venezuelan teachers abandon low-pay jobs, parents are forced to become the teachers," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of playing card

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: 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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