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license plate

noun
1.
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
1900-1905
First recorded in 1900-05
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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

noun
1.
(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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