a gate where a toll is collected.

Origin of tollgate

First recorded in 1765–75; toll1 + gate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tollgate

Historical Examples of tollgate

  • This spring is about one-third of a mile west of the tollgate on the National turnpike.

    Braddock Road

    John Kennedy Lacock

  • Shortly after leaving the village of the tollgate I came to a beautiful valley.

    Wild Wales

    George Borrow

  • The same glance will also show you the tollgate, which you could not see before.

    Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia

    William Gilmore Simms

  • He informs the girl who keeps the tollgate that he is a preacher; no doubt in this boy's mind as to what he is!

    The Story of a Life

    J. Breckenridge Ellis

  • A girl had the presence of mind to close the tollgate, which the horses attempted to leap, smashed it to atoms, and fell.

    Norfolk Annals

    Charles Mackie

British Dictionary definitions for tollgate



a gate across a toll road or bridge at which travellers must stop and pay
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