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Zollverein Syllabification: Zoll·ver·ein
Pronunciation: /ˈtsôlfəˌrīn/ /ˈzôl-/

Definition of Zollverein in English:


The customs union of German states in the 19th century.
Example sentences
  • The Zollverein, or Customs Union, led by Prussia, was creating a larger and larger free trade zone within the German Confederation.
  • German industrialisation had received its initial impetus from the Zollverein in the 1830s, leading eventually to unification of the German states under Bismarck.
  • Building on its tradition of the Zollverein, a customs union of German states, the newly unified Germany steadily pursued a liberal trade policy.


From German Zoll 'customs' + Verein 'union'.

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