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Zollverein

[tsawl-fer-ahyn; English tsawl-fuh-rahyn] /ˈtsɔl fɛrˌaɪn; English ˈtsɔl fəˌraɪn/
noun
1.
(in the 19th century) a union of German states for the maintenance of a uniform tariff on imports from other countries, and of free trading among themselves.
2.
any similar union or arrangement between a number of states; customs union.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < German, equivalent to Zoll custom, duty, tariff + Verein union
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Zollverein

/ˈtsɔlfɛrˌain/
noun
1.
the customs union of German states organized in the early 1830s under Prussian auspices
Word Origin
C19: from Zoll tax, toll² + Verein union
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Word Origin and History for Zollverein

zollverein

n.

1843, German, literally "customs union," from Zoll "toll" (see toll (n.)) + Verein "union," from vereinen "to unite," from ver- + ein "one" (see one).

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