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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.
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.
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•ist(ˈkɒn trəˌbæn dɪst)
[1810–20; < Sp contrabandista]
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|Noun||1.||contrabandist - someone who imports or exports without paying duties|
coyote - someone who smuggles illegal immigrants into the United States (usually across the Mexican border)
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw - someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
rumrunner - someone who illegally smuggles liquor across a border