Definition of carte de visite in English:

carte de visite


  • A small photographic portrait of a person, mounted on a piece of card.

    • ‘For the rich and famous, a carte de visite with a dignified photograph of its owner became a necessary social tool.’
    • ‘By the 1860s, entrepreneurs were mass-producing cartes de visite - small photographic prints that originated as calling cards - of well-known figures.’
    • ‘These cartes de visite became hugely popular in the 1860s and brought likenesses of scientific authors (and many other individuals) before the Victorian public.’
    • ‘The cabinet card uses the same method as the carte de visite but in a larger format, for display in a ‘cabinet’.’
    • ‘The photograph could have been used on a postcard or sold as a souvenir carte de visite.’
    photograph, photo, studio portrait, picture, shot, study, still, snap, snapshot, vignette
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Mid 19th century: French, ‘visiting card’.


carte de visite

/ˌkɑːt də vɪˈziːt/