transitive verb oc·troy \ˈäkˌtrȯi\

Definition of octroy


  1. :  to grant or concede as a privilege such charters, or constitutions, are said to be octroyed, or issued by royal fiat — R. G. Gettell

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Origin and Etymology of octroy

Middle French octroyer, from Old French otreier, from Medieval Latin auctorizare to authorize, warrant, consent — more at authorize

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