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

  • n. A small card printed or engraved with a person's name and business affiliation, including such information as title, address, and telephone number.

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  • n. A small card with a person’s name and professional information (such as occupation, business phone number, e-mail address, etc.).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a card on which is printed an advertisement or business address.

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

  • n. a card on which are printed the person's name and business affiliation

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  • "He searched in his pocket, and offered Yashima a small oblong ivory talisman -- one of those "cards" which the English are in the habit of distributing lavishly among their acquaintance, believing them to be endowed with magical powers of strengthening the bond between giver and recipient, and even, upon occasions, of creating a bond where none previously existed." -- ''Yashima, or, The Gorgeous West'' by R T Sherwood, 1931.

    December 24, 2008