• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Zollverein Literally, a customs union; specifically, applied to the several customs unions successively formed under the leadership of Prussia among certain German states for establishing liberty of commerce among themselves and common tariff on imports, exports, and transit.☞ In 1834 a zollverein was established which included most of the principal German states except Austria. This was terminated by the events of 1866, and in 1867 a more closely organized union was formed, the administration of which was ultimately merged in that of the new German empire, with which it nearly corresponds territorially.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Zollverein A union of German states for the maintenance of a common tariff, or uniform rates of duty on imports from other countries, and of free trade among themselves. It began with an agreement in 1828 between Prussia and the grand duchy of Hesse, received a great development in 1834 and succeeding years, ultimately including all the German powers excepting Austria and a few small states, and is now coextensive with the German empire.
    • n Zollverein Hence A commercial union, or customs-union, in general; any arrangement between a number of states for regulating rates of duty with reference to their common benefit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Zollverein zol′ve-rīn a union of the German states, under the leadership of Prussia, so as to enable them in their commercial relations with other countries to act as one state.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G., from zoll, duty + verein, union
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ger.,—zoll, duty, verein, union.


In literature:

A discussion of a Central European Zollverein is already afoot.
"What is Coming?" by H. G. Wells
Sugar and molasses from the grape, were also shown from Spain, Tunis and the Zollverein.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
Bismarck used the Prussian railways as well as the Zollverein to build up German unity.
"Against Home Rule (1912)" by Various
This "Zollverein" would then include about 175,000,000 individuals.
"New York Times Current History: The European War, Vol 2, No. 1, April, 1915" by Various
A factor that made for unity among the German states was the Zollverein.
"Germany and the Germans" by Price Collier
The spread of constitutionalism was paralleled by the gradual creation, after 1818, of the Zollverein.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
The retaliatory tariffs adopted by America, Russia, France, Sweden and the German Zollverein had their serious effect on British trade.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Prussia, with her Zollverein, was preparing embarrassments for us.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
The best solution would probably be an intercolonial Zollverein, towards which events seem to be tending.
"Six Letters From the Colonies" by Robert Seaton
There could be no imperial Zollverein.
"British Supremacy & Canadian Self-Government" by J. L. Morison
Baden had joined the "Zollverein," and the old butcher's occupation was gone likewise.
"Black Forest Village Stories" by Berthold Auerbach
Then they have high hopes from the ZOLLVEREIN.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, No. 362, December 1845" by Various
Soon after Bavaria entered into an alliance with Prussia, and in 1867 joined the Zollverein.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various
German unity was economic rather than political in its origin and dates from the Zollverein and the railway system.
"The New Germany" by George Young
Prussia, however, remained firm, and declared that, were the treaty rejected, she would break up the Zollverein.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 8" by Various
The city joined the German Zollverein in 1836.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 1 "Franciscans" to "French Language"" by Various
The German Zollverein, the forerunner of the modern German Empire, had a similar origin.
"The Principles of Economics" by Frank A. Fetter