Definition of cartophily in English:


Line breaks: cart|oph¦ily
Pronunciation: /kɑːˈtɒfɪli


[mass noun]
  • The collecting of picture cards, such as postcards or cigarette cards, as a hobby.
    More example sentences
    • Complete sets of MacDonald's cricketers or Taddy's clowns rank among the blue chips of cartophily.
    • Cartophily bloomed in the early part of the 20th century as cartophily shops and clubs were formed to support the popular pastime.
    • So far, I am conscious that I may be painting an extremely rose-coloured picture of cartophily.



More example sentences
  • The greatest show on earth - for cartophilists, or card collectors - has come to Yorkshire, recalling the days when you really could get an education off the back of a cigarette packet.
  • I would not call myself a true cartophilist since my interest in the hobby is extremely limited.
  • Recently however, fellow cartophilist John Cotton has sent information which shows that it is possible to differentiate between the two printings, but the difference is subtle.


1930s: from French carte or Italian carta 'card' + -phily.

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