Variant of toll
- a tax or charge for a privilege, esp. for permission to pass over a bridge, along a highway, etc.
- a charge for service or extra service, as for transportation, for a long-distance telephone call, or, formerly, for having one's grain milled
- the number lost, taken, exacted, etc.; exaction: the tornado took a heavy toll of lives
Origin of tollMiddle English ; from Old English akin to German zoll, Old Norse tollr ; from Middle Low German tol ; from Medieval Latin tolneum ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form toloneum, toll(house), for Classical Latin teloneum ; from Classical Greek telōnion ; from telōnēs, tax collector ; from telos, tax, akin to tlēnai, to support, bear: for Indo-European base see tolerate
Now Rare to collect a toll or tolls
- to take or gather as a toll
- to impose a toll on