- an official list or table showing the duties or customs imposed by a government on imports or exports.
- the schedule or system of duties so imposed.
- any duty or rate of duty in such a list or schedule.
- any table of charges, as of a railroad, bus line, etc.
- bill; cost; charge.
- to subject to a tariff.
- to put a valuation on according to a tariff.
Origin of tariff
Examples from the Web for tariff
Everybody knows how the Tariff and Labour questions were settled.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
The tariff of 1828, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which led to the civil war in “Bloody Kansas” and ultimately to the Civil War itself.What’s Really Obstructing Obamacare? GOP Resisters
November 2, 2013
Even after tariff protections were put in place, panels were still relatively cheap to buy.Elon Musk-Backed SolarCity Thrives in Solar Power Sector
May 14, 2013
An under-valued Chinese currency bars American products and services as effectually as a tariff barrier.Tough on China
May 24, 2012
They also managed for years to keep a tariff on imports of ethanol, giving the U.S. industry a distinct advantage.Ethanol Subsidies: Congress Sacrifices a Sacred Cow
June 17, 2011
The sectional element has happily been eliminated from the tariff discussion.
A matter of most pressing importance is the revision of the tariff.
A Pennsylvanian was sure to be right on the tariff, and a Louisianian was sure to be wrong.
The attendants are exceedingly civil, and charges regulated by a tariff.The Roof of France
Nor have we any reason to hope for a change in the present tariff policy of railroads.The Railroad Question
- a tax levied by a government on imports or occasionally exports for purposes of protection, support of the balance of payments, or the raising of revenue
- a system or list of such taxes
- any schedule of prices, fees, fares, etc
- mainly British
- a method of charging for the supply of services, esp public services, such as gas and electricityblock tariff
- a schedule of such charges
- mainly British a bill of fare with prices listed; menu
- British the level of punishment imposed for a criminal offence
- to set a tariff on
- to set a price on according to a schedule of tariffs
Word Origin and History for tariff
1590s, "arithmetical table," from Italian tariffa, Medieval Latin tarifa "list of prices, book of rates," from Arabic ta'rif "information, notification, inventory of fees to be paid," verbal noun from arafa "to make known." Meaning "official list of customs duties on imports or exports" is from 1590s; sense of "classified list of charges made in a business" is recorded from 1757.
A government tax on imports, designed either to raise revenue or to protect domestic industry from foreign competition.