[tsawl-fer-ahyn; English tsawl-fuh-rahyn]
- (in the 19th century) a union of German states for the maintenance of a uniform tariff on imports from other countries, and of free trading among themselves.
- any similar union or arrangement between a number of states; customs union.
Origin of Zollverein
1835–45; < German, equivalent to Zoll custom, duty, tariff + Verein union
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Examples from the Web for zollverein
Prussia, with her Zollverein, was preparing embarrassments for us.Sentimental Education, Volume II
The Zollverein was the only really German action to which she can point.The Empress Frederick; a memoir
Protocol was boring our host with his views on the Zollverein.
A factor that made for unity among the German states was the Zollverein.Germany and the Germans
Even in the earlier stages of its development the Zollverein had a marked effect on the condition of the country.
- the customs union of German states organized in the early 1830s under Prussian auspices
C19: from Zoll tax, toll ² + Verein union
Word Origin and History for zollverein
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