Gabelle meaning

gə-bĕl
A tax, especially the salt tax imposed in France before 1790.
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A tax levied on salt in France before the Revolution.
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A tax; especially, the tax on salt levied in pre-Revolutionary France.
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Origin of gabelle

  • Middle English gabel from Old French from Old Italian gabella from Arabic qabāla tribute from qabila to receive qbl in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French gabelle.

    From Wiktionary