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"duty-free" in British English

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duty-freeadjective

uk   /ˌdʒuː.tiˈfriː/  us   /ˌduː.t̬iˈfriː/

duty-freenoun

uk   /ˌdʒuː.tiˈfriː/  us   /ˌduː.t̬iˈfriː/
[U] goods that you can ​buy in ​specialshops in ​airports, on ​ships, etc., without ​payingtax on them: We can buyour 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"duty-free" in American English

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duty-freeadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈdu·t̬i ˈfri/
sold without any ​taxadded, esp. at ​airports
(Definition of duty-free from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"duty-free" in Business English

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duty-freeadjective

uk   us   /ˌdjuːtiˈfriː/ (also duty free)
TAX, COMMERCE duty-free ​goods are ​goods that you can ​buy without ​paying the ​tax that would ​normally be ​added to their ​price, often ​sold in ​airports, on ​planes, etc.: She had ​bought some duty-free perfume at the ​airport. duty-free ​goods/​items/​purchases the duty-free ​business/​industry/​market
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duty-free
adverb
Buy drink and cigarettes duty-free at the ​airport.

duty-freenoun

uk   us   (also duty free) TAX, COMMERCE
[C] informal a duty-free ​shop: She ​works in the duty-free at Gatwick.
[U or plural] goods that you can ​buy, for ​example, at an ​airport, without ​paying the ​tax that would ​normally be ​added to their ​price, or the ​system that ​allows these ​goods to be ​sold without ​tax: Since the ​abolition of ​dutyfree, ​airports can no ​longer rely on alcohol and tobacco for ​profits. I didn't have ​time to ​buy any duty-frees.
(Definition of duty-free from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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