A tax, especially the salt tax imposed in France before 1790. (noun)
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Use "gabelle" in a sentence
"One of the grievances that fueled the French Revolution of 1789 was the salt tax, also called the gabelle ."
"Then it was suggested that the Powers should do this through certain sections of the country, and then, again, that they should intervene through control of the institutions and organizations of China as, for instance, international control of railways, international control of land taxes, international control of the salt gabelle, which is more or less under international control; and of course the customs and the postal service."
"King John was keen to fight; the States General gave him the means for carrying on war, by establishing the odious "gabelle" on salt, and other imposts."