Meaning of gabelle in English:

gabelle

Pronunciation /ɡaˈbɛl/ /ɡəˈbɛl/

noun

historical
  • A tax, especially one levied on agricultural products and other commodities; specifically the tax on salt imposed in France, which was repealed after the Revolution of 1789.

Origin

Late Middle English. From Anglo-Norman and Middle French gabelle, Middle French gabele (French (now hist.) gabelle) tax levied on agricultural produce and other foodstuffs, salt tax, probably from Italian gabella tax from post-classical Latin gabella tax, salt tax from Arabic qabāla tax, duty.