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


    wild card

    BrE BrE//ˈwaɪld kɑːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwaɪld kɑːrd//
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  1. 1(in card games) a card that has no value of its own and takes the value of any card that the player chooses
  2. 2(sport) an opportunity for somebody to play in a competition when they have not qualified in the usual way; a player who enters a competition in this way He was given a wild card for the tournament. She was beaten in the semi-finals by wild card Louise Smith.
  3. 3(computing) a symbol that can represent any letter or number An asterisk is commonly used as a wild card. a wild-card search
  4. 4a person or thing whose behaviour or effect is difficult to predict The Nationalist party is the wild card in the election.
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