One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tax levied in some countries on various goods entering a town or city.
- ‘Feng applied for control of the octroi levied on goods entering Beijing.’
- ‘It was later found that the proposal would merely save the Parwanoo-based industrialists their octroi duty at the state's barrier.’
- ‘One short answer: every single person in this city pays sales tax and octroi every time they buy anything at all.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Other indirect taxes were the ferme de l'equivalent and various municipal octrois.’
- ‘This shows in the high levels of excise duty, sales tax and octroi levied on paints by central, state and local governments.’
Late 16th century: from French octroyer ‘to grant’, based on medieval Latin auctorizare (see authorize). Current senses date from the early 18th century.
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