Definition of cartomancy in US English:



  • Fortune telling by interpreting a random selection of playing cards.

    • ‘Rumpology works the same way as astrology, cartomancy, metoposcopy, palmistry, and getting messages from ghosts.’
    • ‘You could just use traditional cartomancy with a normal set of cards if needs drive.’
    • ‘Astrology, astrotherapy, biorhythms, cartomancy, chiromancy, the enneagram, fortune telling, graphology, rumpology, etc., seem to work because they seem to provide accurate personality analyses.’
    • ‘There are many different tarot decks used in cartomancy.’
    • ‘Alliette (writing under the name of Etteilla) was probably the most famous of the French writers on cartomancy (divination by cards) Abrégé de la Cartomancie.’


Late 19th century: from French cartomancie, from carte ‘card’ + -mancie (see -mancy).