[ ok-troi; French awk-trwa ]
/ ˈɒk trɔɪ; French ɔkˈtrwa /

noun, plural oc·trois [ok-troiz; French awk-trwa] /ˈɒk trɔɪz; French ɔkˈtrwa/.

(formerly especially in France and Italy) a local tax levied on certain articles, such as foodstuffs, on their entry into a city.
the place at which such a tax is collected.
the officials collecting it.
the act of a sovereign in granting to subjects a constitution or other charter.

Nearby words

  1. octopod,
  2. octopus,
  3. octoroon,
  4. octosyllabic,
  5. octosyllable,
  6. octuple,
  7. octuplet,
  8. octuplicate,
  9. octyl alcohol,
  10. octyl phenol

Origin of octroi

1605–15; < French, noun derivative of octroyer to grant, partial Latinization of Old French otreier < Medieval Latin auctorizāre; see authorize

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/ (ˈɒktrwɑː) /


(in some European countries, esp France) a duty on various goods brought into certain towns or cities
the place where such a duty is collected
the officers responsible for its collection

Word Origin for octroi

C17: from French octroyer to concede, from Medieval Latin auctorizāre to authorize

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