Definition of alcabala in English:

alcabala

(also alcavala)

noun

historical
  • In Spain and former Spanish dominions: a duty on the sale of goods, levied as a percentage of the pre-tax sale price; a sales tax.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in William Allen (1532–1594), cardinal. From Spanish alcabala from Arabic al-qabāla from al the + qabāla tax, duty from qabala to receive (something), to lease (land).

Pronunciation

alcabala

/alkəˈbɑːlə/