gabelle

[ guh-bel ]
/ gəˈbɛl /

noun

a tax; excise.
French History. a tax on salt, abolished in 1790.

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Origin of gabelle

1375–1425; Middle English gabul, gabel (probably confused with gavel2) < Middle French < Italian gabella < Arabic gabālah 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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