Definition of Rolodex in US English:



North American
  • 1A desktop card index used to record names, addresses, and telephone numbers, in the form of a rotating spindle or a small tray to which removable cards are attached.

    • ‘His eyes settled on a Rolodex, nestled between the telephone and the raised edge of the desktop, and he reached for it with a soft grunt of satisfaction.’
    • ‘A quick look in her Rolodex later, Chelsea punches in Danielle Nichols' cell phone number.’
    • ‘For the average company, hiring a trucking outfit to move finished goods or raw materials demands a phone, a pen, a Rolodex, and a trailer load of patience.’
    • ‘Are you still storing client contact information in a Rolodex - or worse - on3" x4" cards?’
    • ‘Jared picked up the Rolodex, searching through the business cards and slips of paper.’
    1. 1.1informal A person's list of business contacts and friends.
      • ‘A gracious host and talented charmer, he employs his own $400 million fortune and vast Rolodex of the world's wealthy and powerful to pursue his admirable aims.’
      • ‘Braden, for example, built her Rolodex over the course of 14 years working at several engineering services firms that specialized in government work.’
      • ‘So Sierra decided to flip through a more diverse Rolodex to put together our own energy task force.’
      • ‘Don't have a deep Rolodex full of friends who can help you get a job?’
      • ‘The new employee was a bona fide superstar, with a blue-chip resume, a Rolodex brimming with contacts, and a track record of landing big-dollar sales.’
      • ‘He has a platinum Rolodex of friends and contacts whose scope boggles the mind.’
      • ‘The ace analysts are mostly seasoned vets with Rolodexes of industry contacts.’