license plate


Definition of license plate

: a plate or tag (as of metal) attesting that a license has been secured and usually bearing a registration number

Examples of license plate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Software will stitch together photos taken once each second, creating a continuous visual record to support the street-level cameras, license plate readers and gunfire sound detectors police already use to try to solve crimes. Time, "As Homicides Continue, Baltimore Turns to City-Wide Aerial Surveillance," 1 May 2020 The license plate on the Cadillac was registered to a home about a quarter mile away from the crash site. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Cadillac driver killed trying to pass 18-wheeler in southeast Houston," 23 Apr. 2020 This topic drives me a little crazy because the goal of the draft is to acquire good players, not to allow prospects to maintain the same license plate on their cars. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Buckeyes who might fit the Cleveland Browns in the 2020 NFL Draft, and NFL teams that love Ohio State," 18 Apr. 2020 Her prints are designed first and foremost to mess with automatic license plate readers (ALPR), systems that scoop up images from the fronts and backs of everyone's cars all over the country and hoover them into massive databases. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Some shirts hide you from cameras—but will anyone wear them?," 10 Apr. 2020 Two days later, Customs and Border Protection found the photo of the license plate on Fuentes’s wife’s phone when the couple was stopped at the Miami International Airport. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "Mexican accused of spying for Russia pleads not guilty," 4 Mar. 2020 Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers Monica Hodge and Caitlin Epley stopped a vehicle for driving with a wrong license plate near Howard and Shepard streets on the west side. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Man who fired 17 shots at officers pleads guilty," 30 Jan. 2020 Michigan moment: Um, does the Michigan license plate on Kevin's (Thomas Ian Nicholas) car count? Julie Hinds,, "These are the 50 most essential movies set in Michigan," 12 Dec. 2019 There are also rotating license plates on the back and front of the car. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "This James Bond Aston Martin was just auctioned for $6.4 million," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of license plate

circa 1924, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of license plate was circa 1924

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20 May 2020

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“License plate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of license plate

US : a metal plate on a vehicle that shows a series of numbers and letters that are used to identify the vehicle

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