noun (plural cartes de visite pronunc. same)historical
A small photographic portrait of a person, mounted on a piece of card.
More example sentences
- For the rich and famous, a carte de visite with a dignified photograph of its owner became a necessary social tool.
- The cabinet card uses the same method as the carte de visite but in a larger format, for display in a ‘cabinet’.
- By the 1860s, entrepreneurs were mass-producing cartes de visite - small photographic prints that originated as calling cards - of well-known figures.
mid 19th century: French, 'visiting card'.
Definition of carte de visite in:
- The US English dictionary