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{{11}}card (n.) c.1400, from M.Fr. carte (14c.), from L. charta "leaf of paper, tablet," from Gk. khartes "layer of papyrus," probably from Egyptian. Form influenced after 14c. by It. carta (see CHART (Cf. chart)). Sense of "playing cards" is oldest in French and English; the sense extended by 1590s to similar flat, stiff bits of paper. Meaning "printed ornamental greetings for special occasions" is 1869. Application to clever or original persons (1836, originally with an adjective, e.g. smart card) is from the playing-card sense, via expressions such as sure card "an expedient certain to attain an object" (c.1560). Verb meaning "require (someone) to show ID" is 1970s. Card-carrying first attested 1948, during U.S. Cold War anti-Communist paranoia. Card table is from 1713. Card-sharper is 1859. House of cards in the figurative sense is from 1640s, first attested in Milton. To have a card up (one's) sleeve is 1898; to play the _______ card is from 1886, originally the Orange card, meaning "appeal to Northern Irish Protestant sentiment (for political advantage)."
{{12}}card (v.) "to comb wool," late 14c., from O.Prov. carda, from cardar "to card," from V.L. *caritare, from L. carrere "to clean or comb with a card," from PIE root *kars- "to scrape." Related: Carded; carding.

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  • card — card1 [kärd] n. [ME carde < OFr carte < ML carta, card, paper < L charta, leaf of paper, tablet < Gr chartēs, layer of papyrus; prob. < Egypt] 1. a flat, stiff piece of thick paper or thin pasteboard, usually rectangular, as a) any …   English World dictionary

  • Card — (k[aum]rd), n. [F. carte, fr. L. charta paper, Gr. ? a leaf of paper. Cf. {Chart}.] 1. A piece of pasteboard, or thick paper, blank or prepared for various uses; as, a playing card; a visiting card; a card of invitation; pl. a game played with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • card — Ⅰ. card [1] ► NOUN 1) thick, stiff paper or thin cardboard. 2) a piece of card for writing on, especially a postcard or greetings card. 3) a business card or visiting card. 4) a small rectangular piece of plastic containing machine readable… …   English terms dictionary

  • cârd — CÂRD, cârduri, s.n. 1. Grup mare de animale mamifere, de păsări, de peşti de acelaşi fel, care se află împreună. 2. (De obicei peior.) Ceată (mare) de oameni. ♢ expr. A se pune (sau a intra) în cârd cu cineva = a se asocia, a se întovărăşi cu… …   Dicționar Român

  • Card — ist der Name folgender Personen: Abraham Ángel Card Valdés (1905–1924), mexikanischer Maler Andrew Card (* 1947), US amerikanischer Politiker und Lobbyist David Card (* 1956), kanadischer Ökonom und Hochschullehrer Mike Card (* 1986), deutsch… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Card — Card, v. t. 1. To comb with a card; to cleanse or disentangle by carding; as, to card wool; to card a horse. [1913 Webster] These card the short comb the longer flakes. Dyer. [1913 Webster] 2. To clean or clear, as if by using a card. [Obs.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Card — Card, n. [F. carde teasel, the head of a thistle, card, from L. carduus, cardus, thistle, fr. carere to card.] [1913 Webster] 1. An instrument for disentangling and arranging the fibers of cotton, wool, flax, etc.; or for cleaning and smoothing… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • card — s. n., pl. cárduri Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  CARD Element secund de compunere savantă cu semnificaţia (în legătură cu) inima, cord . [< fr. carde]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 03.12.2004. Sursa: DN  CARD, carduri …   Dicționar Român

  • Card — Card, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Carded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Carding}.] To play at cards; to game. Johnson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • card — s.f.inv. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} tessera nominativa che consente di usufruire di determinati servizi {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: 1987. ETIMO: ingl. card propr. carta …   Dizionario italiano

  • card — /kard, ingl. kɑːd/ [vc. ingl., propr. «carta»] s. f. inv. 1. tessera, carta 2. accorc. di credit card …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

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