Universal Product Code


: a combination of a bar code and numbers by which a scanner can identify a product and usually assign a price

Examples of Universal Product Code in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tyson urges consumers who’ve bought affected items to cut the expiration date and Universal Product Code—or barcode number—and either call or text 1-855-382-3101. Arianna Johnson, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Since its invention, the Universal Product Code has become the most prevalent tracking tool for products around the world. Dayun Park, CNN, 4 Apr. 2023 In June 1974, a Universal Product Code (UPC) label was used to ring up purchases at a supermarket for the first time. Gil Press, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Universal Product Code was in 1972

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“Universal Product Code.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Universal%20Product%20Code. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

Universal Product Code

: a bar code that identifies a product's type and price for entry into a computer or cash register (as at a supermarket checkout)
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