octroi(redirected from octrois)
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in some European countries, esp France) a duty on various goods brought into certain towns or cities
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the place where such a duty is collected
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the officers responsible for its collection
[C17: from French octroyer to concede, from Medieval Latin auctorizāre to authorize]
oc•troi(ˈɒk trɔɪ; Fr. ɔkˈtrwa)
n., pl. -trois (-trɔɪz; Fr. -ˈtrwa)
1. (formerly, in Europe) a tax levied on certain goods brought into a city.
2. the place at which the tax was collected.
3. the officials collecting it.
[1605–15; < French octroyer < Medieval Latin auctorizāre; see authorize]