Meaning of octroi

oc•troi

Pronunciation: (ok'troi Fr. ôk&sylptrwa'), [key]
— pl. -trois
  1. (formerly esp. in France and Italy) a local tax levied on certain articles, such as foodstuffs, on their entry into a city.
  2. the place at which such a tax is collected.
  3. the officials collecting it.
  4. the act of a sovereign in granting to subjects a constitution or other charter.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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