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 Expand All When a Bonner Springs police officer began chasing a man in June 2021 for an expired license plate, speeds on Interstate 70 escalated to 100 mph. Katie Moore, Kansas City Star, 25 Feb. 2024 His car is a black 2018 Toyota Camry with Virginia license plate number TXW6643 and has a Virginia Tech flag sticker on the back. Daniel S. Levine, Peoplemag, 23 Feb. 2024 The license plate and passenger side of the vehicle were covered in mud, the woman told police. Ishani Desai, Sacramento Bee, 20 Feb. 2024 What about the rest of the Wisconsin specialty license plates? Journal Sentinel, 19 Feb. 2024 Chinese regulations require automobile companies to store and process much of that data within the country — a rule that could cover sensitive personal information collected by EVs, from license plates to facial characteristics. Mackenzie Hawkins, Fortune Asia, 9 Feb. 2024 People who need services will need to visit a license plate agency in another town, Brockwell said in the news release. Joe Marusak, Charlotte Observer, 8 Feb. 2024 The vehicle reported stolen was a motorcycle with the same license plate number from Montana. USA TODAY, 6 Feb. 2024 While the department's system notified them that Gilliam's Dodge with Colorado license plates was stolen, the vehicle that was actually stolen was a motorcycle with the same license plate number in Montana. Colleen Slevin The Associated Press,, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of license plate was circa 1924

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Cite this Entry

“License plate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

license plate

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

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