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 organization is seeking a restraining order preventing the recall and has also asked that the state's law banning potentially offensive vanity plates be struck down, the paper said. Laura Sky Brown, Car and Driver, "ACLU Defending Tesla Model 3 Driver's FKGAS Vanity Plate," 13 Mar. 2020 Among other rules, Utah prohibits vanity plates that express contempt for any race, religion or political opinion. Washington Post, "Utah eyes personalized license plates after ‘deport’ uproar," 15 Jan. 2020 Among other rules, Utah prohibits vanity plates that express contempt for any race, religion or political opinion. USA TODAY, "Retiring 102-year-old, Mississippi’s bad dam, snowplow strike: News from around our 50 states," 16 Jan. 2020 Rather be golfing' The law on vanity plate speech is unsettled because the U.S. Supreme Court hasn't ruled on the issue. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "'TRYGOD' is OK, 'IMGOD' no way: Vanity plate rules and free speech butt heads," 27 Dec. 2019 The survey is courtesy of, a company that does a thriving business reselling vanity plates in the U.K., where license plates can be transferred with or without a vehicle from one owner to another. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Jetsons' flying car tops list of all-time favorite cartoon cars," 31 Dec. 2019 As the Washington Nationals made their World Series run this fall, Virginia vanity plates told the tale. Washington Post, "Hundreds sought Nationals vanity plates in Va. during historic World Series run," 6 Dec. 2019 An online auction launched Tuesday, allowing people to register and bid for a selection of 25 vanity plate names such as JAGUAR, ROCKET, L8L8L8, AND ITSFAST. James Burky, The Denver Post, "Want 911, BENTLEY or ITSFAST on your Colorado license plate? Those words are on the auction block.," 4 Oct. 2019 States actively police what vanity plates get approved; Utah alone has rejected around 1,000 plates over the years, and that’s not even counting those turned down for being duplicates of existing plates. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "A Brief History of Vanity License Plates Gone Wrong," 18 Aug. 2019

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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 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of vanity plate

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

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