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

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Police searched the area, and spoke with a teenager who had gotten a license plate picture of a car the man ran towards. Joseph Clark,, "Officers recover van used in ATM theft: Olmsted Falls Police Blotter," 12 July 2019 Privacy campaigners have long criticized license plate recognition, calling it overly invasive and poorly regulated. Camilla Hodgson,, "Fast-food chains consider trying license plate recognition in drive-throughs," 11 July 2019 Specialty license plates in Arizona raised a record amount of money in the past year for local charities. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "Arizona specialty license plates raise $11.2M for charities," 10 July 2019 The prosecutor told jurors the impact of the crash left a partial imprint from Milonis’ license plate on the back of Foderingham’s car, and there was no evidence of mechanical issues on either car that might have contributed to the crash. Ramona Sentinel, "Trial starts in crash that killed pregnant woman," 3 July 2019 Grand jury testimony shows the woman who drove the suspect, Eric R. Holder, away from the March 31 shooting had gone to the station because her car and license plate were on the news. CBS News, "Los Angeles Police Department opens internal affairs investigation over Nipsey Hussle case," 1 July 2019 The design is really unique and there are even #GoWithPride license plates. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Jonathan Adler Just Unveiled a BMW Convertible for Pride Month," 26 June 2019 Play travel bingo or the license plate game (the Melissa & Doug travel version adds a geography lesson). Kate Rockwood, Woman's Day, "How to Make the Most of Your Next Family Adventure," 25 June 2019 People who see a child or pet locked in a hot car or in the back of a truck are advised to jot down the car’s description and license plate and call police. Jacob Beltran,, "Officials urge caution, awareness during heat wave," 20 June 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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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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