Definition of octroi in English:


Syllabification: oc·troi
Pronunciation: /ˈäktroi, äkˈtrwä


A tax levied in some countries on various goods entering a town or city.
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  • Feng applied for control of the octroi levied on goods entering Beijing.
  • It was later found that the proposal would merely save the Parwanoo-based industrialists their octroi duty at the state's barrier.
  • Other indirect taxes were the ferme de l'equivalent and various municipal octrois.


late 16th century (in the sense 'concession', especially one giving an exclusive right of trade): from French octroyer 'to grant', based on medieval Latin auctorizare (see authorize). The current senses dates from the early 18th century.

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