What does gabelle mean?

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  1. gabelle(Noun)

    A tax; especially, the tax on salt levied in pre-Revolutionary France.

  2. Origin: From gabelle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gabelle(noun)

    a tax, especially on salt

  2. Origin: [F. See Gabel.]


  1. Gabelle

    The gabelle was a very unpopular tax on salt in France before 1790. The term gabelle derives from the Italian gabella, itself from the Arabic qabala. In France, Gabelle was originally applied to taxes on all commodities, but was gradually limited to the tax on salt. In time it became one of the most hated and most grossly unequal taxes in the country. It was abolished in 1790, then reinstated by Napoleon in 1806; abolished briefly by the French Second Republic, and then finally abolished permanently in 1945. The gabelle existed outside France, even after 1790. In the 1919 Paris Treaties, Ho Chi Minh described the oppressiveness of taxes, forced labor, and exploitation that the gabelle symbolized.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gabelle

    gab-el′, n. a tax, impost duty, formerly in France, esp. the tax on salt.—n. Gā′beler. [Fr. gabelle—Low L. gabella, gablum—Teut.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Gabelle

    an indirect tax, specially one on salt, the term applied to a State monopoly in France in that article, and the exaction in connection with which was a source of much discontent; the people were obliged to purchase it at government warehouses and at extravagant, often very unequal, rates; the impost dates from 1286; was abolished in 1789.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gabelle in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gabelle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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