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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Christopher Brown, 28, of Chalmette and Christopher Hornes, 27, of Belle Chasse were arrested May 3, after agents pulled over a speeding vehicle with an expired temporary license plate. Laura Mcknight,, "2 men found with cocaine, heroin, illegal gun during traffic stop in Arabi: SBPSO," 16 May 2018 Possession of marijuana, Pearl Road: An officer made a traffic stop May 6 due to a car with expired license plates. Joanne Berger Dumound/special To,, "Motorist celebrates Cinco de Mayo a bit too much: Middleburg Heights police blotter," 11 May 2018 An officer discovered the drugs, and related paraphernalia, after pulling the car over for an expired license plate, according to a police report. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pewaukee police report: Caller claims water bongs sold at local gas station," 7 Feb. 2018 Gaines’ car was stopped on Nov. 14, 2017, along Highway 43 in Jackson, for having an expired license plate, according to police. Chris Harris,, "Ala. Mom Found with Dead Baby in Her Trunk During a Traffic Stop," 26 Jan. 2018 The car was in the parking lot of an apartment building, next to another car that was missing its license plates. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage car thieves are targeting Subarus. Case in point: His was stolen twice in one week.," 5 July 2018 Anderson initially pulled over but then drove off, but not before the other driver took a photo of his license plate, the complaint says. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Driver arrested in fatal Milwaukee crash had 8-day-old baby in car, three prior OWIs and open hit-and-run case," 20 June 2018 Californians might soon have the opportunity to get even more creative with their personalized license plates. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Digital License Plates Are Coming and They Could Be a Big Deterrent Against Auto Theft," 30 May 2018 One alertly took photos of the vehicle and its license plate, helping investigators quickly identify a suspect. Steven Dubois, Fox News, "SUV driver arraigned in crash that injured 3 pedestrians," 29 May 2018

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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

: 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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