• WordNet 3.6
    • n octroi a tax on various goods brought into a town
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Octroi A privilege granted by the sovereign authority, as the exclusive right of trade granted to a guild or society; a concession.
    • Octroi A tax levied in money or kind at the gate of a French city on articles brought within the walls.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n octroi A concession, grant, or privilege, particularly a commercial privilege, as an exclusive right of trade, conceded by government to a particular person or company.
    • n octroi A tax or duty levied at the gates of cities, particularly in France and certain other countries of the European continent, on articles brought in.
    • n octroi The barrier or place where such duties are levied and paid; also, the service by which they are collected.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Octroi ok-trwä′ a grant of the exclusive right of trade: a toll or tax levied at the gates of a city on articles brought in: the place where such taxes are paid.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—octroyer, to grant—L. auctorāre, to authorise—auctor, author.


In literature:

The customs and the octroi, if there be any, have been avoided.
"Dracula" by Bram Stoker
Save at the entrance of towns, and for the octroi the eye no longer encounters an official clerk.
"The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 5 (of 6)" by Hippolyte A. Taine
Our luggage was not examined at the Octroi.
"Burlesques" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The first human beings she saw on her way were the octroi officers at the gate.
"A Siren" by Thomas Adolphus Trollope
She had married a man employed in the Octroi service, who had died leaving her with two little girls.
"The Fat and the Thin" by Emile Zola
A few miles and a few minutes more and we were in the embrace of the loveliest of them, which was at first the clutch on the octroi.
"Familiar Spanish Travels" by W. D. Howells
He was still working there, behind the octroi wall at the new hospital.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
Had he stolen, or killed anybody, or tried to evade the octroi duty?
"Whosoever Shall Offend" by F. Marion Crawford
La Liberte ne se donne jamais, ne s'octroie jamais; elle se conquiert.
"The Promise Of American Life" by Herbert David Croly
As to the octroi system, it is bad beyond all conception.
"Roumania Past and Present" by James Samuelson
To-morrow, to-morrow, we will take the octroi by assault.
"Sophisms of the Protectionists" by Frederic Bastiat
A chef de bataillon of the 34th was slain by a shot from a window, and some offices of the Octroi have been burned.
"Edmond Dantès" by Edmund Flagg
Paie l'on bien les octrois et les droits reunis?
"Travels in France during the years 1814-1815" by Archibald Alison
Further, every city had its own octroi duties, customs, ferry dues, highway and water rates.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
The barriers run along the line of fortifications and form the "octroi," or tax limit of the city.
"Mlle. Fouchette" by Charles Theodore Murray
They are, therefore, allowed to store them, under the supervision of the octroi, and pay as they are sold.
"Paris" by William Walton
The venta of Sarria was kept by a nephew of Gaspar's, the octroi man, one recently come to the district.
"The Firebrand" by S. R. Crockett
A few duties are, however, levied, which are really octroi rather than customs charges.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 1 "Franciscans" to "French Language"" by Various
The octroi, in its present form, is a comparatively modern institution.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20. December, 1877." by Various

In poetry:

Fajah Rustum held his peace; lowered octroi dues a half;
Organised a State Police; purified the Civil Staff;
Settled cess and tax aftresh in a very liberal way;
Cut temptations of the flesh — also cut the Bukhshi's pay;
"The Legend of the Foreign Office" by Rudyard Kipling