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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tax levied on people rather than on property, often as a requirement for voting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tax determined as a uniform, fixed amount per individual.
  • n. A tax required in order to vote.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a tax levied by the head, or poll; a capitation tax.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tax levied at so much per head of the adult male population; a capitation-tax: formerly common in England, and still levied in some of the United States, as well as in a few of the countries of continental Europe. Formerly also called poll-money, polling-pence, and poll-silver.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a tax of a fixed amount per person and payable as a requirement for the right to vote

Etymologies

From sense poll ("head") for “uniform tax per individual”; from sense poll ("voting place") for “tax required to vote”. (Wiktionary)

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