- a tax; excise.
- French History. a tax on salt, abolished in 1790.
Origin of gabelle
1375–1425; Middle English gabul, gabel (probably confused with gavel2) < Middle French < Italian gabella < Arabic gabālah tax, receipt
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The Latin form of the word is gabellum, and the French gabelle.
These imposts and that of the gabelle were henceforth permanent.
Lastly, and more important than all, the duke made no attempt to revive the demand for the gabelle—salt was left free and untaxed.Charles the Bold
Some provinces are allowed to compound for the gabelle, or salt tax; others are exempted from it altogether.
In the 17th century it was the centre of the revolt of the Nu-pieds, caused by the imposition of the salt-tax (gabelle).
- French history a salt tax levied until 1790
C15: from Old Italian gabella, from Arabic qabālah tribute, from qabala he received