Definition of duty-free in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdjuːtɪˈfriː/

adjective& adverb

1Exempt from payment of duty: [as adjective]: the permitted number of duty-free goods [as adverb]: most EC goods enter almost duty-free
More example sentences
  • In April, the government set out the conditions for foreign and local automobile manufacturers interested in importing key car components duty-free.
  • After she promised to buy me a carton of cigarettes duty-free next time she goes to Aussie I forgave her.
  • Export incentives are an old tradition and a key part of any programme to develop an export-oriented industry sector, a regime that allows manufacturers duty-free access to imported raw materials and equipment.
1.1 [as adjective] (Of a shop or area) selling or trading in goods that are exempt from payment of duty.
Example sentences
  • Tobacco products for sale in duty-free shops will be sold only with a ‘for duty free only’ stamp rather than with special paper bands.
  • In the foreground, the concourse is lined with banks, money exchanges, holding areas, and duty-free shops.
  • The cigarettes will be sold at duty-free shops, hotels, airports, tourist spots and World Cup venues only during the May 31 - June 30 World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan.


[mass noun] (also duty-frees)
Goods that are exempt from payment of duty: a bag of duty-free
More example sentences
  • My partner of five years' standing is spending at least one week in three overseas, as his new job takes him all round the world; our drinks cabinet is bulging from all the duty-frees.

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