What does the word license mean?

Usage examples for license

  1. Ani, do you hear, need not write me a new license, but only renew the old one granted to me by Rameses when I cured his favorite horse. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. I paid a fine and didn't even get a mark on my out of state license. – Michelangelo's Shoulder by John Moncure Wetterau
  3. I informed him I had taken out city license, which I supposed entitled me to the privilege of selling. – Twenty Years of Hus'ling by J. P. Johnston