Definition of tollbooth in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtəʊlbuːð/
(also tolbooth)


1A roadside kiosk where drivers or pedestrians must pay to use a bridge or road.
Example sentences
  • Other networks are more sophisticated, like the new beltway around Toronto, a toll road without tollbooths: transponders, cameras, and license-plate numbers provide the billing information.
  • On your way to the airport, you are passing tollbooths while your transponder makes a record of where you are.
  • There were 20 tollbooths at the toll station studied.
2Scottish archaic A town hall.
Example sentences
  • Worth visiting amongst a plethora of architectural gems are the palace, the tollbooth and the abbey but most enjoyable of all are the little houses, randomly set against each other in an untidy straggle up the winding lanes.
  • In 1833, it was moved to the centre of the village, and now stands sandwiched between a 16th-century tollbooth and a pillar bearing the arms of the Bruce family.
2.1A town jail.
Example sentences
  • He put in his time as chamberlain 1350/51 and was jurat for most of the period between 1353 and 1361, as well as serving as bailiff of the tolbooth in 1360 / 61.
  • Caught up in a frenzy of 17th-century persecution, the elderly woman was thrown in the city's tollbooth and tortured before being executed.
  • The location of the court and tollbooth of the Bishop was facing the Tuesday market, on the north side of Jews Lane, although no proven traces remain of this building.

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