license plate

noun
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

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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First Known Use of license plate

circa 1924


LICENSE PLATE Defined for English Language Learners

license plate

noun

Definition of license plate for English Language Learners

  • : 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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