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 Police checked the license plate, and dispatchers told them that the car’s owner was wanted. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 5 Aug. 2022 Police said the license plate was not registered to the car. Hartford Courant, 4 Aug. 2022 The second young man who had gotten out with the boy who allegedly punched Peacock stood in front of the license plate on the back of the car, blocking Metcalf from getting video of it. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 By the time the two officers reached Nazario’s SUV, the license plate was visible in the rear. Ben Finley, ajc, 2 Aug. 2022 Police located the pickup at 1 a.m. the following morning – with help from Weeks, who gave the license plate to a friend that relayed it to an operator. oregonlive, 27 July 2022 D’Luna-Mendez and D’Luna-Bilbao were initially charged the same day the migrants were found, after officers found the license plate on the truck was registered to an address in San Antonio, CNN has previously reported. Chris Boyette, CNN, 21 July 2022 The license plate was reported stolen July 8 from a 2014 Toyota Yaris parked in the 6900 block of Lincoln Avenue, police said. Chicago Tribune, 15 July 2022 Both the front license plate and city emblem had been taped over. Darcy Costello, Baltimore Sun, 14 July 2022 See More

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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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11 Aug 2022

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“License plate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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