Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “duty-free”

duty-free

adjective uk   /ˌdjuː.tiˈfriː/ us    /ˌduː.t̬i-/
B1 Duty-free goods are goods bought in special shops in airports, on ships, etc. on which you do not pay government tax: He bought his wife some duty-free perfume. I bought some perfume in the duty-free shop.

duty-free

noun uk   /ˌdjuː.tiˈfriː/ us    /ˌduː.t̬i-/
[U] goods that you can buy in special shops in airports, on ships, etc., without paying tax on them: We can buy our duty-free while we're waiting at the airport. [C] (also duty-free shop) a shop at an airport, on a ship, etc. where you can buy duty-free goods: There'll be a duty-free on the ferry.
(Definition of duty-free from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of duty-free?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “duty-free” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

wave

to raise your hand and move it from side to side as a way of greeting someone, telling someone to do something, or adding emphasis to an expression

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

silver splicer noun

November 17, 2014
informal a person who marries in later life Newly retired and now newlywed – rise of the ‘silver splicers’ Reaching pension age becomes a trigger to tie the knot as baby-boomers begin to redefine retirement

Read More