Definition of octroi in English:



  • A tax levied in some countries on various goods entering a town or city.

    • ‘It was later found that the proposal would merely save the Parwanoo-based industrialists their octroi duty at the state's barrier.’
    • ‘This shows in the high levels of excise duty, sales tax and octroi levied on paints by central, state and local governments.’
    • ‘Other indirect taxes were the ferme de l'equivalent and various municipal octrois.’
    • ‘One short answer: every single person in this city pays sales tax and octroi every time they buy anything at all.’
    • ‘Feng applied for control of the octroi levied on goods entering Beijing.’
    • ‘Or if the vehicle is registered with a Thane address, but is used in the city and parked in the city, does octroi have to be paid then.’
    • ‘The chamber is of the view that entry tax is nothing but octroi by another name and that Karnataka is the only state which levies it.’


Late 16th century (in the sense concession especially one giving an exclusive right of trade): from French octroyer to grant based on medieval Latin auctorizare (see authorize). The current senses dates from the early 18th century.