a tax levied on salt in France before the Revolution
Origin of gabelleMiddle English ; from Old French ; from OIt gabella ; from Arabic ḳabāla, tax ; from qabala, to receive; akin to Classical Hebrew (language) kibel: see cabala
A tax, especially the salt tax imposed in France before 1790.
Origin of gabelleMiddle English gabel, from Old French, from Old Italian gabella, from Arabic qabāla, tribute, from qabila, to receive; see qbl in Semitic roots.
From Middle French gabelle.