One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A card bearing the names of a woman's prospective partners at a formal dance.
- ‘She spoke about how, when she was thirteen and lived in Berlin, just before her mother died, her sister, Beth, was supposed to go to a ball, and had three royal princes on her dance card.’
- ‘Don't put away your dance card just yet, because it turns out that there are plenty of single men in New York City to go around.’
- ‘She then picked up a dance card from the nearby marble table and went to the ballroom.’
- ‘I knew I stood out in a crowd because I was immediately surrounded by young men who wanted to fill my dance card.’
- ‘They were the biggest events in village life and the girls had dance cards and long dresses for them.’
- ‘Anna, feeling better, continued dancing with the other men on her dance card.’
dance card/ˈdans ˌkärd/
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