Zollverein

Zollverein

[tsawl-fer-ahyn; English tsawl-fuh-rahyn]
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:
1835–45; < German, equivalent to Zoll custom, duty, tariff + Verein union

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Zollverein (ˈtsɔlfɛrˌain)
 
n
the customs union of German states organized in the early 1830s under Prussian auspices
 
[C19: from Zoll tax, toll² + Verein union]

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zollverein
1843, from Ger., lit. "customs union," from Zoll "toll" (see toll) + Verein "union," from vereinen "to unite," from ein "one."
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