or off-li·cence

[ awf-lahy-suh ns, of- ]
/ ˈɔfˌlaɪ səns, ˈɒf- /


a license permitting the sale of sealed bottles of alcoholic beverages to be taken away from the premises by the purchaser.
a store having such a license.


having such a license.

Origin of off-license

First recorded in 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for off-licence


noun British

a shop, or a counter in a pub or hotel, where alcoholic drinks are sold for consumption elsewhereUS equivalents: package store, liquor store
a licence permitting such sales
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