One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A custom house in Italy.
- ‘We had some trouble in getting our luggage through the dogana.’
- ‘Imports by land into Rome were processed through the dogana next to Sant'Eustachio.’
- ‘Up until recently, it wasn't this bad (with EVERYTHING now seemingly going through the dogana) and one could happily receive at least certain things without having to pay.’
- ‘The Dogana at Foggia was intended to regulate the transference of large flocks of sheep from the Abruzzi mountains to set pasture lands on the Adriatic plains.’
- ‘He found himself competing with the Peggy Guggenheim Foundation – which owns the famous museum nearby – to acquire the abandoned Dogana.’
Italian, from Arabic dīwān (compare with divan).
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