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[teyl; French tah-yuh] /teɪl; French ˈtɑ yə/
noun, plural tailles
[teylz; French tah-yuh] /teɪlz; French ˈtɑ yə/ (Show IPA)
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.
(in dressmaking) the waist or bodice of a garment.
Obsolete. the shape of one's body from shoulders to waist; figure; build.
1545-55; < French: literally, a cutting; see tail2 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for taille


/taɪ; French tɑj/
noun (pl) tailles (taɪ; taɪz; French) (tɑj)
(in France before 1789) a tax levied by a king or overlord on his subjects
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Old French taillier to shape; see tailor
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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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