Definition of octroi in English:


Line breaks: oc¦troi
Pronunciation: /ˈɒktrwɑː

noun (plural octrois)

  • A duty 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: from French octroyer 'to grant', based on medieval Latin auctorizare (see authorize). Current senses date from the early 18th century.

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