Definition of poll tax in US English:

poll tax


  • A tax levied on every adult, without reference to income or resources.

    • ‘In late May 1381, a number of local peasants, craftsmen, and traders seized and assaulted some justices sent from London to enforce a hated new poll tax.’
    • ‘John de Snailwell purchased entrance to the Lynn franchise in 1388, but left little mark on local records, despite having been resident in Lynn at the time of the 1379 poll tax.’
    • ‘It was thought dangerous, because it risked rebellion, and this in the period when Salisbury, Sir Edward Coke and many others firmly entered it into the national mythology that poll tax led to rebellion.’
    • ‘Widespread violence was sparked off in 1381 by yet another poll tax, this one at 1s. a head, three times the rate of 1377 and 1379.’
    • ‘They'd come from the villages of Essex and Kent, roughly sixty thousand of them, to protest against the new poll tax and the general unfairness of feudal life.’


poll tax

/ˈpoʊl ˌtæks//ˈpōl ˌtaks/