noun (1)
im·​post | \ ˈim-ˌpōst How to pronounce impost (audio) \

Definition of impost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something imposed or levied : tax


noun (2)

Definition of impost (Entry 2 of 2)

: a block, capital, or molding from which an arch springs — see arch illustration

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First Known Use of impost

Noun (1)

1568, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for impost

Noun (1)

Middle French, from Medieval Latin impositum, from Latin, neuter of impositus, past participle of imponere

Noun (2)

French imposte, ultimately from Latin impositus

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The first known use of impost was in 1568

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“Impost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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