Definition of court card noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


court card

BrE BrE//ˈkɔːt kɑːd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːrt kɑːrd//
(British English) (also face card North American English, British English)
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a playing card with a picture of a king, queen or jack on it Word Originmid 17th cent.: alteration of 16th-cent. coat card, so named because of the decorative dress of the figures depicted.

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