[ok-troi; French awk-trwa]
noun, plural oc·trois [ok-troiz; French awk-trwa] /ˈɒk trɔɪz; French ɔkˈtrwa/.
  1. (formerly especially in France and Italy) a local tax levied on certain articles, such as foodstuffs, on their entry into a city.
  2. the place at which such a tax is collected.
  3. the officials collecting it.
  4. the act of a sovereign in granting to subjects a constitution or other charter.

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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Examples from the Web for octroi

Historical Examples of octroi

  • He was still working there, behind the octroi wall at the new hospital.


    Emile Zola

  • Parisians, let us demand the reform of the octroi; let it be put back to what it was.

  • Use the octroi, if you can, to raise wages, or do not use it to raise the price of commodities.

  • The octroi of Amiens was re-established on the 3rd of Brumaire next following.

    France and the Republic

    William Henry Hurlbert

  • Ask the octroi, which has imposed a tax of half a franc upon it.

    Economic Sophisms

    Frederic Bastiat

British Dictionary definitions for octroi


  1. (in some European countries, esp France) a duty on various goods brought into certain towns or cities
  2. the place where such a duty is collected
  3. 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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