- a tax; esp., a duty on imported goods
- Horse Racing the weight assigned to a horse in a handicap race
Origin of impostOld French ; from Medieval Latin impostus ; from Classical Latin impositus, past participle of imponere: see impose
to classify (imported goods) in order to assess the proper taxes
the top part of a pillar, pier, or wall supporting an arch
Origin of impostFrench imposte ; from Italian imposta ; from Classical Latin impositus: see impost
The uppermost part of a column or pillar supporting an arch.
Origin of impostFrench imposte, from Italian imposta, from Latin, feminine past participle of imp&omacron;nere, to place upon; see impose.
- Something, such as a tax or duty, that is imposed.
- Sports The weight a horse must carry in a handicap race.
Origin of impostObsolete French, from Old French, from Medieval Latin impostum, from Latin, neuter of impostus, variant of impositus, past participle of imp&omacron;nere, to place upon; see impose.
From Middle French impost, from Latin impositus, past participle of impōnere (“to impose”).