Meaning of CARD in English


I. ˈkärd transitive verb

Date: 14th century

: to cleanse, disentangle, and collect together (as fibers) by the use of cards preparatory to spinning

• card·er noun

II. noun

Etymology: Middle English carde, from Medieval Latin cardus, carduus, thistle, carding instrument, from Latin carduus thistle — more at chard

Date: 15th century

1. : an instrument or machine for carding fibers that consists usually of bent wire teeth set closely in rows in a thick piece of leather fastened to a back

2. : an implement for raising a nap on cloth

III. noun

Etymology: Middle English carde, from Anglo-French, alteration of Middle French carte, probably from Old Italian carta, literally, leaf of paper, from Latin charta leaf of papyrus, from Greek chartēs

Date: 15th century

1. : playing card

2. plural but singular or plural in construction

a. : a game played with cards

b. : card playing


a. : something (as an advantage) compared to a valuable playing card in one's hand

holding all the card s in negotiations

b. : an issue especially with emotional appeal that is brought into play to achieve a desired end (as winning a political campaign)

played the race card

4. : a usually clownishly amusing person : wag

he's such a card

5. : compass card


a. : a flat stiff usually small and rectangular piece of material (as paper, cardboard, or plastic) usually bearing information: as

(1) : postcard

(2) : visiting card

(3) : business card

(4) : credit card

(5) : one bearing a picture (as of a baseball player) on one side and usually statistical data on the other

(6) : one on which computer information is stored (as in the form of punched holes or magnetic encoding)

(7) : one bearing electronic circuit components for insertion into a larger electronic device (as a computer)

b. : program ; especially : a sports program

three fights on the card


(1) : a wine list

(2) : menu

d. : greeting card

a birthday card

- in the cards

IV. transitive verb

Date: 1884

1. : to place or fasten on or by means of a card

2. : to provide with a card

3. : to list or record on a card

4. : score

a golfer card ing a 75

5. : to ask for identification (as in a bar)

we all got card ed

V. abbreviation


Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.