gabelle

noun
ga·​belle | \ gə-ˈbel How to pronounce gabelle (audio) \

Definition of gabelle

: a tax on salt levied in France prior to 1790

First Known Use of gabelle

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gabelle

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 23 Jun. 2021.

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