gabelle

[guh-bel]

Origin of gabelle

1375–1425; Middle English gabul, gabel (probably confused with gavel2) < Middle French < Italian gabella < Arabic gabālah tax, receipt
Related formsga·belled, adjective
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gabelle

noun
  1. French history a salt tax levied until 1790
Derived Formsgabelled, adjective

Word Origin for gabelle

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