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license plate

a plate or tag, usually of metal, bearing evidence of official registration and permission, as for the use of a motor vehicle.
Origin of license plate
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As they passed the parked car, Rick saw the license plate clearly.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine
  • Every license plate is photographed at every corner in the country.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • Anyhow, they got it, but they had to make a license plate, because it had the wrong kind on it.

    Exile from Space Judith Merril
  • That man who argued with us is writing down our license plate number!

    Swamp Island Mildred A. Wirt
  • It looked somewhat familiar and in studying it more intently she noted the license plate.

    The Wishing Well Mildred A. Wirt
British Dictionary definitions for license plate

license plate

(US & Canadian) a plate mounted on the front and back of a motor vehicle bearing the registration number Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) numberplate
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