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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′age n.
con′tra·band′ist n.
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(ˈkɒn trəˌbæn dɪst)

[1810–20; < Sp contrabandista]
con`tra•band′ism, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contrabandist - someone who imports or exports without paying dutiescontrabandist - 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
arms-runner, gunrunner - a smuggler of guns
rumrunner - someone who illegally smuggles liquor across a border
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A person who engages in smuggling:
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References in classic literature ?
I demand the service of this contrabandist as my domestic until this day week.'
(1) Yet, whereas Alden's seminal work saw smuggling as a duel between the contrabandist and the crown, I see it as a symbiosis.
As a consequence, Tubman, who formerly would have been described as a contrabandist, and Parks, who would have been viewed as a troublemaker, have become two of the most celebrated women in American history.
The successful The Bad Man bore a sequel in Zander the Great (1925), with Blinn once again playing an endearing Mexican, except in a supporting role as a sidekick of the main character, Harrison Ford, a contrabandist who redeems himself by the end, played by the star Marion Davis.
(16.) Ella Forbes has observed that the term "contraband" carried the power of a racial slur among Union officers, while Thavolia Glymph has argued that "contrabandist" would have been a more accurate term.
At first, Cuba was the main target of this war, especially after the implication of four high officials of the Cuban government during the November 1982 investigation in Miami of Colombian contrabandist Jaime Guillot Lara.