face card
noun Date: 1826 a king, queen, or jack in a deck of cards

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Face card — Face Face (f[=a]s), n. [F., from L. facies form, shape, face, perh. from facere to make (see {Fact}); or perh. orig. meaning appearance, and from a root meaning to shine, and akin to E. fancy. Cf. {Facetious}.] 1. The exterior form or appearance… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • face card — face ,card noun count a card with a picture of a king, queen, or JACK on it in a set of cards used in card games …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • face card — n AmE the king, queen, or ↑jack in a set of playing cards British Equivalent: court card …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • face card — face′ card n. gam the king, queen, or jack of playing cards • Etymology: 1665–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • face card — n. any king, queen, or jack in a deck of cards …   English World dictionary

  • face card — noun one of the twelve cards in a deck bearing a picture of a face • Syn: ↑picture card, ↑court card • Hypernyms: ↑playing card • Hyponyms: ↑jack, ↑knave, ↑king, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Face card — In a deck of playing cards, the term face card is generally used to describe a card that depicts a person. Cards depicting persons were developed in Europe, possibly in the late 1300s; it is believed that earlier sets of cards included court… …   Wikipedia

  • face card — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms face card : singular face card plural face cards a picture card …   English dictionary

  • face card — n. an important person; a self important person. (As with the royal characters in playing cards.) □ Who’s the face card getting out of the benz? □ Mr. Big is the face card in the local mob …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • face\ card — Term used to describe a one hundred dollar bill. Sam passed Will a face card …   Dictionary of american slang

  • face\ card — Term used to describe a one hundred dollar bill. Sam passed Will a face card …   Dictionary of american slang

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