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A form of direct royal taxation that was levied in France before 1789 on nonprivileged subjects and lands and tended to weigh most heavily on the peasants.
[French, from Old French, division; see tail2.]
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taille(taɪ; French tɑj)
n, pl tailles (taɪ; taɪz; French tɑj)
(Historical Terms) (in France before 1789) a tax levied by a king or overlord on his subjects
[C17: from French, from Old French taillier to shape; see tailor]
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taille(teɪl; Fr. ˈtɑ yə)
n., pl. tailles (teɪlz; Fr. ˈtɑ yə)
a feudal tax levied by a French king or seigneur on his subjects or on lands held under him.
[1545–55; < French: literally, a cutting; see tail2]
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