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gabelle

[ guh-bel ]
/ gəˈbɛl /
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noun
a tax; excise.
French History. a tax on salt, abolished in 1790.
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Origin of gabelle

First recorded in 1375–1425; Middle English gabul, gabel (probably confused with gavel2), from Middle French, from Italian gabella, from Arabic qabālah “tax, receipt”

OTHER WORDS FROM gabelle

ga·belled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for gabelle

gabelle
/ (ɡæˈbɛl) /

noun
French history a salt tax levied until 1790

Derived forms of gabelle

gabelled, adjective

Word Origin for gabelle

C15: from Old Italian gabella, from Arabic qabālah tribute, from qabala he received
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