toll

Definitions

General English

Accounting

  • noun a payment for using a service, usually a bridge or a road

Cars & Driving

  • noun money charged for the use of a road or bridge

Law

  • verb to suspend a law for a period

Origin & History of “toll”

Toll ‘charge, payment’ (OE) and toll ‘ring a bell’ (15th c.) are distinct words. The former was borrowed into Old English from medieval Latin tolōneum ‘place where tolls are collected’, an alteration of late Latin telōneum. this in turn was borrowed from Greek telṓnion, a derivative of télos ‘tax’. The ancestry of toll ‘ring a bell’ is more conjectural. It may be the same word as the long-obsolete toll ‘pull’, which went back to an Old English *tollian.
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