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[doo-tee-free, dyoo-]
adjective, adverb
  1. free of customs duty or tax on imported or exported goods: duty-free cargo; merchandise shipped duty-free.
  2. pertaining to or selling goods for import or export free of the usual customs duty: a duty-free shop at the airport.
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Origin of duty-free

1680–90; duty (in the sense “an import or export tax”) + -free
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adjective, adverb
  1. with exemption from customs or excise duties
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  1. goods sold in a duty-free shop
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