plural -s
: any of various fines, cesses, or imposts levied by a native chief upon a landowner or subject

Word History


Hindi abwāb, from Arabic, doors, sources of public revenue, plural of bāb door

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of abwab was in 1782

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“Abwab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abwab. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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