vanity plate


Definition of vanity plate

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

called also vanity license plate

Examples of vanity plate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The car had a University of Alabama vanity plate, according to police, and likely damage from striking the girl. Alexis Stevens, ajc, 18 Jan. 2022 The vanity plate is not the best way to serve up a helping of anti-Joe Biden sentiment ... especially if one of the ingredients is an obscenity. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 4 Jan. 2022 Travis McMichael had a vanity plate of the former state flag on the front of his pickup at the time of the shooting, but Walmsley has yet to rule whether that can be presented as evidence at trial. Asia Simone Burns, ajc, 28 Oct. 2021 For instance, Travis McMichael’s truck featured a vanity plate with the old Georgia state flag, which incorporated the Confederate battle flag. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 24 Nov. 2021 Investigators allege that Gregory McMichael and his son armed themselves and chased after Arbery in a pickup truck bearing a vanity plate of a Confederate flag. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 3 Nov. 2021 By introducing the vanity plate as evidence, prosecutors hope to show jurors that race played a key factor in the McMichaels’ decision to chase Arbery. Shaddi Abusaid, ajc, 15 Oct. 2021 Want to show the person at the stoplight next to you what your vanity plate says? Austin Irwin And Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 22 Mar. 2021 Little did anyone know to credit an SUV vanity plate. Allan Ripp, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of vanity plate

1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Vanity plate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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