from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A book containing a list of names of persons who are to be called upon or who have called.


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  • She will be somebody hereafter: she was nobody in Harley Street: that is, everybody else in her visiting-book, take the names all round, was as good as she.

    The Newcomes

  • And Maria was bound, by superior pride and great care in the composition of her visiting-book, to make up for the defects of birth, and felt it her duty to see her father and sister as little as possible.

    Vanity Fair

  • The Bishopess of Ealing was shocked beyond expression; the Bishop went and wrote his name down in the visiting-book at Gaunt House that very day.

    Vanity Fair

  • His practice was second to none; his visiting-book rarely shewed a blank space; people drove in from miles round to consult him.

    Australia Felix

  • Soon after inscribing their names in the visiting-book at Government House, they received invitations to a ball there, in honour of two men-of-war that were anchored in the Bay — a very select affair indeed: none of your promiscuous May Day crushes!

    The Way Home

  • All the other days in the week the great lady is occupied in returning these visits, hunting for obscure addresses, trailing her rich garments over third-story stairs; and it is no uncommon thing for her to have the names of one or two thousand people in her visiting-book, on whom she is to call, provided she can find them.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 12, No. 33, December, 1873

  • Government House; one of those mixed massed gatherings to which you are invited either on account of your rank, or your unblemished reputation, or the fact that you've had the forethought to inscribe your name in the visiting-book.

    Leonie of the Jungle

  • -- Mrs.A. brought me a sick visiting-book, which I did not refuse: for although

    Religion in Earnest A Memorial of Mrs. Mary Lyth, of York

  • In one of his early letters the traveller gives his friend the following account of the manner in which he passes his day: 'I rise late, read three or four newspapers at breakfast, look in my visiting-book to see what visits I have to pay, and either drive to pay them in my cabriolet, or ride.

    Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century

  • Dover Street was crowded with the carriages of the nobility, who came to put down their names in the visiting-book.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 56, No. 345, July, 1844


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