license plate


a plate or tag, usually of metal, bearing evidence of official registration and permission, as for the use of a motor vehicle.


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Origin of license plate

First recorded in 1900–05 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for license plate

  • Cameras, license-plate readers, and briefings will not guarantee our security.

    Watching the Terrorists|Michael Sheehan|May 5, 2010|DAILY BEAST
  • These rest-stops always had a license-plate cam at the entrance and a couple of anti-stickup cams around the cashier.

    Makers|Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for license plate

license plate

Canadian licence plate


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