playing card


play·​ing card ˈplā-iŋ- How to pronounce playing card (audio)
: 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

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of playing card was in the 15th century

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“Playing card.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

playing card

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

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