- duty-free ˌduty-ˈfree adjective TAXduty-free goods can be bought without paying tax on them, for example at ports and airports when you are travelling abroad:
• The drop in air traffic is expected to cut into duty-free perfume sales.
• the airport's duty-free shop— duty-free adverb :
• Although the US had many high tariff rates in 1900, some 60% of imports came in duty-free.
* * *Ⅰ.duty-free UK US /ˌdjuːtiˈfriː/ adjective (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.»
the duty-free business/industry/marketduty-free adverb► »
Buy drink and cigarettes duty-free at the airport.Ⅱ.duty-free UK US noun (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.
Financial and business terms. 2012.