Definition of carte de visite in English:

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carte de visite

Pronunciation: /ˌkɑːt də vɪˈziːt/

noun (plural cartes de visite pronounced same)

A small photographic portrait of a person, mounted on a piece of card.
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'.

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