taille

taille

[teyl; French tah-yuh]
noun, plural tailles [teylz; French tah-yuh] .
1.
French History. a tax that was levied by a king or seigneur on his subjects or on lands held under him and that became solely a royal tax in the 15th century from which the lords and later the clergy were exempt.
2.
(in dressmaking) the waist or bodice of a garment.
3.
Obsolete. the shape of one's body from shoulders to waist; figure; build.

Origin:
1545–55; < French: literally, a cutting; see tail2

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taille (taɪ, French tɑj)
 
n , pl tailles
(in France before 1789) a tax levied by a king or overlord on his subjects
 
[C17: from French, from Old French taillier to shape; see tailor]

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taille

the most important direct tax of the pre-Revolutionary monarchy in France. Its unequal distribution, with clergy and nobles exempt, made it one of the hated institutions of the ancien regime.

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