gabel Meaning, Definition & Usage

Ga"bel noun
F. gabelle, LL. gabella, gabulum, gablum; of uncertain origin. Cf.Gavel tribute.
  1. (O. Eng. Law) A rent, service, tribute, custom, tax, impost, or duty; an excise. Burrill.
    He enables St. Peter to pay his gabel by the ministry of a fish. Jer. Taylor.

Webster 1913