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con·tra·band

 (kŏn′trə-bănd′)
n.
1.
a. Goods prohibited by law or treaty from being imported or exported.
b. Goods that are possessed contrary to law or rule, as in a prison or school.
2.
a. Illegal traffic in contraband; smuggling.
b. Smuggled goods.
3. Goods that may be seized and confiscated by a belligerent if shipped to another belligerent by a neutral.
4. An escaped slave during the Civil War who fled to or was taken behind Union lines.
adj.
Prohibited from being imported or exported.

[Italian contrabbando : contra-, against (from Latin contrā-; see contra-) + bando, legal proclamation (from Late Latin bannus, of Germanic origin; see bhā- in Indo-European roots).]

con′tra·band′age n.
con′tra·band′ist n.

contraband

(ˈkɒntrəˌbænd)
n
1. (Law)
a. goods that are prohibited by law from being exported or imported
b. illegally imported or exported goods
2. (Law) illegal traffic in such goods; smuggling
3. (Military) international law Also called: contraband of war goods that a neutral country may not supply to a belligerent
4. (Historical Terms) (during the American Civil War) a Black slave captured by the Union forces or one who escaped to the Union lines
adj
(Law) (of goods)
a. forbidden by law from being imported or exported
b. illegally imported or exported
[C16: from Spanish contrabanda, from Italian contrabando (modern contrabbando), from Medieval Latin contrabannum, from contra- + bannum ban, of Germanic origin]

con•tra•band

(ˈkɒn trəˌbænd)

n.
1. anything prohibited by law from being imported or exported.
2. goods imported or exported illegally.
3. illegal or prohibited trade.
4. (during the Civil War) a black slave who escaped to or was brought within the Union lines.
adj.
5. prohibited from export or import.
[1520–30; earlier contrabanda < Sp < Italian contrab(b)ando=contra- contra-1 + Medieval Latin bandum, variant of bannum ban2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contraband - goods whose importation or exportation or possession is prohibited by law
merchandise, product, ware - commodities offered for sale; "good business depends on having good merchandise"; "that store offers a variety of products"
Adj.1.contraband - distributed or sold illicitlycontraband - distributed or sold illicitly; "the black economy pays no taxes"
illegal - prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules; "an illegal chess move"

contraband

adjective smuggled, illegal, illicit, black-market, hot (informal), banned, forbidden, prohibited, unlawful, bootleg, bootlegged, interdicted Most of the city markets were flooded with contraband goods.
Translations
تَهريب، بَضائِع مُهَرَّبَهمُهَرَّب، مَحْظور قانونِيّاً
kontrabandpašované zbožípašovaný
kontrabandesmuglergods
csempészcsempészáru
ólöglegur varningursmygl-
kontrabandakontrabandinis
kontrabandakontrabandas-
kontrabandpašovaný
kaçakkaçak mal

contraband

[ˈkɒntrəbænd]
A. Ncontrabando m
B. CPDde contrabando

contraband

[ˈkɒntrəbænd]
ncontrebande f
adj [goods] → de contrebande

contraband

n no pl (= goods)Konterbande f, → Schmuggelware f; (form: = smuggling) → Schleichhandel m, → Schmuggeln nt; contraband of warKriegskonterbande f
adjSchmuggel-; contraband goodsKonterbande f, → Schmuggelware f

contraband

[ˈkɒntrəˌbænd]
1. ncontrabbando
2. adjdi contrabbando

contraband

(ˈkontrəbӕnd) noun
goods which are legally forbidden to be brought into a country.
adjective
contraband cigarettes.
References in classic literature ?
I demand the service of this contrabandist as my domestic until this day week.
For example, the transformation of Tunisia into a transit point for the traffic of cannabis, stimulant drugs, and alcohol between Algeria and Libya affected the old contrabandists of legal commodities who saw a significant decrease in profits.
In a statement, the Tajik National Security Committee said the border guards tried to stop "a group of Afghan drug contrabandists.
One note from Christel Wallbaum to Crawford (54) refers to Crawford's speculation that Robert Schumann's Der Contrabandists being "kind of a copying job" of Manuel Garcia's El contrabandista insofar as the text of the Schumann song is a German translation of Garcia's, and the melodies are remarkably similar.