[ tsawl-fer-ahyn; English tsawl-fuh-rahyn ]
/ ˈtsɔl fɛrˌaɪn; English ˈtsɔl fəˌraɪn /


(in the 19th century) a union of German states for the maintenance of a uniform tariff on imports from other countries, and of free trading among themselves.
any similar union or arrangement between a number of states; customs union.

Origin of Zollverein

1835–45; < German, equivalent to Zoll custom, duty, tariff + Verein union
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British Dictionary definitions for zollverein

/ German (ˈtsɔlfɛrˌain) /


the customs union of German states organized in the early 1830s under Prussian auspices

Word Origin for Zollverein

C19: from Zoll tax, toll ² + Verein union
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