Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A trademark used for a desktop rotary file of removable cards, usually used for names, addresses, and telephone numbers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A type of rotating file index used for storing addresses, especially in a work context.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. A trade name for a type of card file. Also used informally and improperly as a noun meaning Rolodex(R) card file.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (trademark) a desktop rotary card index with removable cards; usually used for names, addresses, and telephone numbers

Etymologies

Blend of rolling and index (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In times like these, your Rolodex is your secret weapon, because it contains the contacts you can call upon for help if you do end up getting the boot.

    Nicole Williams: Recession Rolodex: 7 Contacts to Have on Speed Dial

  • Sure, David Rockefeller has collected a refrigerator-size tumbler of what were once called Rolodex cards, but only as a meticulous record of thousands of intimate interactions with people for whom he has cared, and who have cared about him.

    Forbes.com: News

  • It is without doubt the best window management interface there is - way better than Windows Flip and WAY better than the ridiculous, LINEAR "Rolodex" that is Flip 3D (looks cool though, don't it?).

    WebWorkerDaily

  • The Morning Benders 'new music video for "Promises," off their sophomore effort Big Echo, doesn't flex that kind of Rolodex muscle, but it does portray kids in Wayfarers drinking martinis and getting ready for what might as well be their own rendition of Barefoot in the Park.

    the latest from teenvogue.com

  • Our solutions will not stick if we do not re-examine the potential value of "Rolodex" presidents, slash-and-burn financial officers, and too many corporate leaders who could not mind their own stores.

    The Volokh Conspiracy

  • Choosing a photo from the "Rolodex" takes twice as long as choosing from a grid list in the gallery, and scrolling through your favourite contacts is much slower than opening your address book.

    ZDNET.com.au

  • This CIA "Rolodex" has now transmogrified itself into a global jihad against the NeoCon led dream of Pipelinestan.

    WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

  • Given his background in everything from gaming to finance to music Ito, also a DJ, once ran a nightclub in Japan Ito has a formidable Rolodex, which will presumably be put into use when he takes the helm of the Media Lab.

    MIT Media Labs: Meet the People Shaping Our Future

  • In turn, she'd call on her extensive Rolodex at the drop of hat to support and fund their dream team projects.

    John Koch: I Stand for Laura Ziskin

  • "Take my name out of your Rolodex, you schmuck," a Wall Street pal once told me after I wrote something nasty about his employer.

    Why I Defriend the Old-Fashioned Way

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.