[ok-troi; French awk-trwa]
- (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
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Examples from the Web for octroi
He was still working there, behind the octroi wall at the new hospital.L'Assommoir
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
- (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
C17: from French octroyer to concede, from Medieval Latin auctorizāre to authorize
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