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 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 That little car currently has a BRONCO vanity plate that will be transferred as soon as the all-new Bronco arrives in the driveway. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 23 Oct. 2020 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, 13 Mar. 2020 Among other rules, Utah prohibits vanity plates that express contempt for any race, religion or political opinion. Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2020 Among other rules, Utah prohibits vanity plates that express contempt for any race, religion or political opinion. USA TODAY, 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, 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, 31 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of vanity plate

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 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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