What is visiting card?

  • (noun): A printed or written greeting that is left to indicate that you have visited.
    Synonyms: calling card, card

Visiting Card

A visiting card, also known as a calling card, is a small paper card with one's name printed on it, and often bearing an artistic design. In 18th century Europe the footmen of aristocrats and royalty would deliver these first European visiting cards to the servants of their prospective hosts solemnly introducing the arrival of their owners.

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Visiting Card - History
... Visiting cards became an indispensable tool of etiquette, with sophisticated rules governing their use ... person in her own home (unless invited or introduced) without first leaving his visiting card for the person at her home ... Upon leaving the card, he would not expect to be admitted at first, but might receive a card at his own home in response ...

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