Avania definition

(historical) A tax or fee imposed on foreigners under the Ottoman Empire, especially one considered to be irregular or extortionate.
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Noun

Singular:
avania
Plural:
avanias

Origin of avania

  • Of uncertain origin; common in many Levant languages (compare Italian avania, Portuguese avania, French avanie, Arabic اواني), but the direction of borrowings is unclear.

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