- free of customs duty or tax on imported or exported goods: duty-free cargo; merchandise shipped duty-free.
- pertaining to or selling goods for import or export free of the usual customs duty: a duty-free shop at the airport.
Origin of duty-free
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Examples from the Web for duty-free
Even more than competition to his bridge, Maroun objects to competition for his duty-free gasoline stations.The Price of the Tea Party
June 16, 2012
One communicates with her by text, if at all, meeting only in the duty-free zones of strip clubs and hotel suites.Rise of the Alpha Female
December 11, 2009
If you except coals, however, the rest are almost all duty-free.
For a handsome man I'll admit he was the duty-free merchandise.Roads of Destiny
The same privilege of exporting cloth of Cornish manufacture, duty-free, was confirmed to them by the twenty-first of Elizabeth.'Cornish Worthies, Volume 1 (of 2)
Walter H. Tregellas
The law for the encouragement of the coinage, by rendering it duty-free, was first enacted during the reign of Charles II.
If taken out for exportation, to be duty-free; proper security being always given that they should be so exported.
- with exemption from customs or excise duties
- goods sold in a duty-free shop
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