transitive verb

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

Word History


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

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“Octroy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octroy. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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