- 1 [uncountable] (British English) thick stiff paper a piece of card The model of the building was made of card. with information
- 2 [countable] a small piece of stiff paper or plastic with information on it, especially information about somebody’s identity a membership card an appointment card see also green card, identity card, loyalty card, red card, report card, yellow card
- 3[countable] = business card Here's my card if you need to contact me again.
- 4[countable] = visiting card for money
- 5 [countable] a small piece of plastic, especially one given by a bank or shop/store, used for buying things or obtaining money I put the meal on (= paid for it using) my card. see also cash card, charge card, chip card, credit card, debit card, phonecard, SIM card, smart card, swipe card with a message
- 6 [countable] a piece of stiff paper that is folded in the middle and has a picture on the front of it, used for sending somebody a message with your good wishes, an invitation, etc. a birthday/get-well/good luck card see also Christmas card, greetings card
- 7[countable] = postcard Did you get my card from Italy? in games
- 8 [countable] = playing card (British English) a pack of cards (North American English) a deck of cards see also trump card, wild card Wordfinderace, card, cut, deal, gambling, hand, jack, shuffle, suit, trump
- 9 cards [plural] a game or games in which playing cards are used Who wants to play cards? I've never been very good at cards. Let's have a game of cards. She won £20 at cards. See related entries: Card games computing
- 10 [countable] a small device containing an electronic circuit that is part of a computer or added to it, enabling it to perform particular functions a printed circuit card a graphics/network/sound card see also expansion card See related entries: Computer hardware person
- 11[countable] (old-fashioned, informal) an unusual or amusing person horse races
- 12[countable] a list of all the races at a particular race meeting (= a series of horse races) See related entries: Equine sports for wool/cotton
- 13[countable] (specialist) a machine or tool used for cleaning and combing wool or cotton before it is spun Word Originnoun senses 1 to 12 late Middle English (originally in sense 8 of the noun): from Old French carte, from Latin carta, charta, from Greek khartēs
(informal) likely to happen The merger has been on the cards for some time now. to mention a particular subject, idea or quality in order to gain an advantage He accused his opponent of playing the immigration card during the campaign. see also race card to deal successfully with a particular situation so that you achieve some advantage or something that you want If you play your cards right, the job could be yours when she leaves.
to make your plans or intentions known