The highway kiosk where you stop and pay a fee is called a tollbooth. In the classic novel The Phantom Tollbooth, a boy drives his toy car through a magical tollbooth and is transported to a strange land.

If your car has a transponder, a special electronic device, you can drive slowly past a tollbooth and pay automatically, rather than stopping and handing money to a toll collector. Only toll roads or turnpikes have tollbooths — drivers pay based on the size of their vehicle, and the toll revenue contributes to maintaining the road. The oldest tollbooths, called toll houses, were built in England, Wales, and Scotland during the 18th century.

Definitions of tollbooth
  1. noun
    a booth at a tollgate where the toll collector collects tolls
    synonyms: tolbooth, tollhouse
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    type of:
    booth, cubicle, kiosk, stall
    small area set off by walls for special use
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