15th century, in the meaning defined above
Middle English gabell, borrowed from Middle French gabelle, going back to Old French, "tax on certain commodities," borrowed from Italian gabella, borrowed from Arabic qabāla "tribute," derivative of qabila "receive"
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“Gabelle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gabelle. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.
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