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[ok-troi; French awk-trwa] /ˈɒk trɔɪ; French ɔkˈtrwa/
noun, plural octrois
[ok-troiz; French awk-trwa] /ˈɒk trɔɪz; French ɔkˈtrwa/ (Show IPA)
(formerly especially in France and Italy) a local tax levied on certain articles, such as foodstuffs, on their entry into a city.
the place at which such a tax is collected.
the officials collecting it.
the act of a sovereign in granting to subjects a constitution or other charter.
Origin of octroi
1605-15; < French, noun derivative of octroyer to grant, partial Latinization of Old French otreier < Medieval Latin auctorizāre; see authorize Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for octroi
Historical Examples
  • He was still working there, behind the octroi wall at the new hospital.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Parisians, let us demand the reform of the octroi; let it be put back to what it was.

  • Use the octroi, if you can, to raise wages, or do not use it to raise the price of commodities.

  • The octroi of Amiens was re-established on the 3rd of Brumaire next following.

    France and the Republic William Henry Hurlbert
  • Ask the octroi, which has imposed a tax of half a franc upon it.

    Economic Sophisms Frederic Bastiat
  • The octroi would have no sympathy with my loiterings among their wares.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
  • (y) There are, or there might be, customs and octroi officers to pass.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • The customs and the octroi, if there be any, have been avoided.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • (y) There are, or there may be, customs and octroi officers to pass.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • Then they will probably ask to see our papers at the octroi?

    The Firefly Of France Marion Polk Angellotti
British Dictionary definitions for octroi


(in some European countries, esp France) a duty on various goods brought into certain towns or cities
the place where such a duty is collected
the officers responsible for its collection
Word Origin
C17: from French octroyer to concede, from Medieval Latin auctorizāre to authorize
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