vanity plate

noun

Definition of vanity plate 

: a license plate bearing letters or numbers designated by the owner of the vehicle

called also vanity license plate

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The images show a gray, four-door sedan, but investigators were interested in another vehicle as well, a white full-size SUV with vanity plates whose occupants may have witnessed the crash, according to police. Matthew Walberg, Daily Southtown, "9-year-old Chicago boy killed, mother, sister injured in hit-and-run at 86th and Cicero in Burbank," 18 June 2018 The vanity plate is permitted because the couple was not driving on a public road. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, "The Amazing Detail You Probably Missed as Meghan and Harry Left for Their Evening Reception," 20 May 2018 Standing nearly 9 feet tall and 19 feet long, his van’s dark gray, utilitarian exterior with black HOPEBLT vanity plates conceals a spacious, blond-wood interior. Amanda M. Fairbanks, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van: Marin’s newest obsession," 9 May 2018 The family’s three Volkswagens remained parked in the driveway on Tuesday, with one of them apparently bearing vanity plates that proclaimed the Turpins’ love for Disneyland. Louis Keene, Jennifer Medina And Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "Horror for 13 California Siblings Hidden by Veneer of a Private Home School," 16 Jan. 2018 The truck has a silver fleur-de-lis vanity plate on the front bumper, police said. Beau Evans, NOLA.com, "Truck linked to Algiers shooting sought by police: photo," 2 Feb. 2018 The front bumper displayed the fleur-de-lis vanity plate, but police said the rear did not have a license plate. Beau Evans, NOLA.com, "Truck linked to Algiers shooting sought by police: photo," 2 Feb. 2018 But by the time his 2,800-square-foot vanity plate was hung on the 16th floor of the tower in 2014, Trump's name had become more poisonous due to his birtherism conspiracy theory campaign against then-President Obama. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Trump Tower: the tourist attraction that’s truly repulsive," 21 Dec. 2017 The electronic voting machine, now used to some degree in all 50 states, is the functional equivalent of an unoccupied Lamborghini left running at midnight with vanity plates that say STEALME. Popular Mechanics, "What's the Likelihood That a National U.S. Election Could Be Hacked?," 11 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of vanity plate

1966, in the meaning defined above

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vanity plate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vanity plate

: a license plate that has letters or numbers chosen by the owner of the vehicle

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