Definitions for calling card

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

call′ing card`(n.)

  1. a small card with a person's name and often address presented on a social visit.

  2. any trace or characteristic by which someone or something can be recognized.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  3. Category: Telegraphy and Telephony

Origin of calling card:

1895–1900, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. calling card, phone card(noun)

    a card that is used instead of cash to make telephone calls

  2. calling card, visiting card, card(noun)

    a printed or written greeting that is left to indicate that you have visited

  3. calling card(noun)

    a distinguishing characteristic or behavior

    "bombs are a terrorist's calling cards"


  1. calling card(Noun)

    A small printed card which identifies the bearer, traditionally presented for introduction when making a social visit to a home or when attending a formal social event or business meeting.

  2. calling card(Noun)

    An attribute, object, or behavior which is distinctly characteristic of someone or something.

  3. calling card(Noun)

    Excrement, especially of a domestic animal.

  4. calling card(Noun)

    A prepaid card or credit card, usually electronically readable, used to pay the charges when making a telephone call.


  1. Calling card

    A calling card is a particular object sometimes left behind by a criminal at a scene of a crime, often as a way of taunting police or obliquely claiming responsibility. The name is derived from the cards that people used to show they had been to visit someone's house when the resident was absent. A calling card can also be used as a way of telling someone you're alive after you've run away or disappeared without revealing yourself or having direct contact with that person. It is often left at a bed side table while the person is asleep.


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