cards Definition

  • 1a piece of thick, stiff paper or thin pasteboard, usually rectangular, bearing a picture or design on one side and used for sending greetings or messages, as a decoration, or as a game
  • 2a game played with playing cards, typically by two or more people, in which the winner is determined by the ranks and combinations of players' cards
  • 3a program or piece of information in a computer that can be accessed and used by the user

Using cards: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "cards" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She sent me a birthday card with a cute puppy on it.

  • Example

    Let's play cards after dinner.

  • Example

    I have all my contacts' information saved in my address book card.

cards Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for cards

Phrases with cards

  • a structure or organization that is insubstantial and liable to collapse suddenly


    The company's finances were a house of cards, and it went bankrupt within a year.

  • play one's cards right

    to act shrewdly and with foresight in order to achieve a desired outcome


    If we play our cards right, we might be able to secure a better deal.

  • likely or possible to happen


    A promotion is on the cards for him if he keeps up the good work.


Summary: cards in Brief

The term 'cards' [kɑːrdz] refers to a piece of paper or pasteboard used for sending greetings, decoration, or as a game. It also refers to a game played with playing cards, and a program or piece of information in a computer. Phrases like 'house of cards' denote an insubstantial structure, 'play one's cards right' means to act shrewdly, and 'on the cards' implies something is likely to happen.