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 In January, North Carolina decided to allow more LGBTQ+ phrases on vanity plates. Margery A. Beck, Fortune, 12 Dec. 2023 But one of the interesting facts in the book is how Jordan, just a few years younger, idolized Magic Johnson, going so far as to coin his own nickname, Magic Mike, and put it on the vanity plate of his car. Thomas Beller, New York Times, 25 Nov. 2023 The South Dakota settlement stipulates that officials will make a public statement, which is to be included on the South Dakota Department of Revenue’s website, announcing the changes to vanity plate standards by Dec. 15. Margery A. Beck, Fortune, 12 Dec. 2023 Earlier this year, Hong Kong held a Lunar New Year auction of several vanity plates. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 11 Apr. 2023 The rules and costs for vanity plates vary by state — but don't approach the world's most expensive. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 11 Apr. 2023 The city's vanity plate phenomenon has sparked social media fan accounts like @HKnumberplates on Twitter, where hunters share their favorite finds online using the hashtag #HKnumberplates. Kristie Lu Stout, CNN, 11 Feb. 2023 Caplan’s Honda Fit with the California vanity plate declaring her love of veganism and soon-to-be-expired tags wasn’t on the top of her to do list as a new Oregonian. oregonlive, 15 Oct. 2020 To be sure, Noah didn’t have a L8Nite vanity plate on his first car or blow out birthday candles on a Late Night cake as his (recently re-upped) peer Jimmy Kimmel did growing up. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vanity plate was in 1966

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

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