Meaning of carte de visite in English:

carte de visite

Pronunciation /ˌkɑːt də vɪˈziːt/

nounplural noun cartes de visite/ˌkɑːt də vɪˈziːt/

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

Origin

Mid 19th century French, ‘visiting card’.