Definition of calling card in English:

calling card

Syllabification: call·ing card


  • 1A card bearing a person’s name and address, sent or left in lieu of a formal social or business visit.
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    • Sometimes I'll carry around calling cards and casually hand them to people I want to spend more time with.
    • I don't have time to talk right now but I'll leave my calling card.
    • On arrival, each dater will be given calling cards, a badge and a mission to hand out as many cards as possible to those they fancy, and hopefully they'll get some cards back.
  • 1.1An action by which someone or something can be identified: a dog whose calling card is a savage nip at the nearest ankles
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    • The sophisticated use of stolen identities is a calling card of all these conspiracies.
    • A woman helpfully explained that only six people at a time were allowed to enter the church, giving rise to the theory that the pockmarks were the calling cards of impatient tourists.
    • We threw out names of authors and film directors like so many calling cards.
  • 2A card that allows the user to make telephone calls from any phone and charge the cost to their home telephone number.
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    • It's not set up to chase people around the world from country to country, using cell phones and pay phones and calling cards.
    • It built technology that would allow people to connect through their PCs, cable modems, or even with calling cards from pay phones.
    • In past they relied on calling cards, phones or conventional postal systems.
  • 2.1North American A prepaid card that allows the user to make telephone calls up to a specified value.
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    • There is no better way to connect the front lines to the home front than to provide that prepaid calling card.
    • ‘The greatest opportunity for growth is from prepaid calling cards,’ said the executive, who declined to be identified as his employer is in a legally-imposed quiet period.
    • Two percent even collect pre-paid calling cards.

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