Definition of television licence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


television licence

; NAmE
(also TV licence)
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(in Britain) an official piece of paper or other document giving permission to own a television and watch television programmes as they are broadcast. The cost of this (the licence fee) is decided every year by the government. A licence lasts for one year. The money collected in this way is used to pay for BBC television and radio programmes.