toll·​booth ˈtōl-ˌbüth How to pronounce tollbooth (audio)
: a booth (as on a highway or bridge) where tolls are paid

Examples of tollbooth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s the small toy car and purple tollbooth. Isaac Fitzgerald,, 10 Mar. 2021 Today, license plate scanners are commonly used on highways as a replacement for tollbooths, but law enforcement use of the devices has been a source of public concern for years. Ivy Scott,, 18 Feb. 2023 Sonny’s body riddled with bullets at a tollbooth. Tim Grierson, Rolling Stone, 7 July 2022 Sonny gets his comeuppance when he is bloodied in a battlefield’s worth of machine-gun fire while trapped in his car at a tollbooth. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, 7 July 2022 Weisberg was unclear what had happened at the tollbooth. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Apr. 2022 Tollbooth tells the story of Milo, who enters a fantastical land through a magical tollbooth that mysteriously appears in his room. Sam Gillette,, 10 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History


Middle English tolbothe, tollbothe tollbooth, town hall, jail, from tol, toll toll + bothe booth

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tollbooth was in the 14th century

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“Tollbooth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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toll·​booth ˈtōl-ˌbüth How to pronounce tollbooth (audio)
: a booth where tolls are paid

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