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 The car was also missing its front license plate, police said. Steve Schering,, "Oak Park police: Driver carjacked at gunpoint on North Avenue," 23 Apr. 2021 Its sole license plate was displayed in the rear window. cleveland, "Motorist flees police but cannot escape citations: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 16 Apr. 2021 Daunte Wright was shot and killed by Officer Kim Potter Sunday after he was pulled over for an expired registration tag on his license plate. Elizabeth Elkind, CBS News, "Brooklyn Center mayor pleads with residents to "stay home" after protests erupt over Daunte Wright shooting," 13 Apr. 2021 The sheriff's office described the suspect as a White man in his 50s and said his license plate was captured on video. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "A man drove through a crosswalk during a 'Stop Asian Hate' rally and authorities say they're investigating the incident as a hate crime," 24 Mar. 2021 The sheriff's office identified the suspect as a white male in his 50s, and said that his license plate was captured on video footage from the rally. Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News, "Car ramming at rally protesting anti-Asian hate being investigated as hate crime," 23 Mar. 2021 Police found a temporary paper license plate registered to Wells on the north side of 164th Place near an alley, records state. Meredith Colias-pete,, "Man, 18, charged in shooting death of Hammond teen at drug deal, records allege," 7 Apr. 2021 The officer checked the license plate, which came back to another vehicle. John Benson, cleveland, "Cleveland woman arrested for trying to hit fiancé with green Chevy: Brooklyn Police Blotter," 7 Apr. 2021 Story’s vanity license plate, 14CV88, alluded to a white supremacist slogan and a Hitler salute. Simone Weichselbaum And Joseph Neff, USA TODAY, "Hate speech cases are hard to win. So police, prosecutors use workarounds to jail white extremists," 1 Apr. 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“License plate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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