Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rent, service, tribute, custom, tax, impost, or duty; an excise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rent, service, tribute, custom, tax, impost, or duty; an excise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To tax.
  • n. A tax, impost, or excise duty, especially in continental Europe; formerly, in France, specifically the tax on salt, but also applied to taxes on other industrial products.

Etymologies

French gabelle, Late Latin gabella, gabulum, gablum; of uncertain origin. Compare gavel tribute. (Wiktionary)

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