Definition of octroi in US English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This shows in the high levels of excise duty, sales tax and octroi levied on paints by central, state and local governments.’
    • ‘Feng applied for control of the octroi levied on goods entering Beijing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was later found that the proposal would merely save the Parwanoo-based industrialists their octroi duty at the state's barrier.’
    • ‘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: from French octroyer ‘to grant’, based on medieval Latin auctorizare (see authorize). Current senses date from the early 18th century.