Definition of “duty-free” - English Dictionary

“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 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 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 tax added, 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 /ˌdjuːtiˈfriː/ us 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 duty free, 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)