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contraband

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noun con·tra·band \ˈkän-trə-ˌband\

Simple Definition of contraband

  • : things that are brought into or out of a country illegally

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of contraband

  1. 1 :  illegal or prohibited traffic in goods :  smuggling

  2. 2 :  goods or merchandise whose importation, exportation, or possession is forbidden; also :  smuggled goods

  3. 3 :  a slave who during the American Civil War escaped to or was brought within the Union lines

contraband adjective

Examples of contraband in a sentence

  1. The border police searched the car for drugs and other contraband.



Did You Know?

Contraband first appeared in English in the early 1500s as a borrowing of Italian contrabbando. This Italian word can be traced to the Medieval Latin word contrabannum, a combination of "contra-" ("against") and "bannum" ("decree"). "Bannum" is Germanic in origin and is related to Old High German bannan ("to command"). "Bannan" is also related to Middle English "bannen" ("to summon or to curse"), the source of the English verb "ban" (which now means "to prohibit" but which once also meant "to curse").

Origin of contraband

Italian contrabbando, from Medieval Latin contrabannum, from contra- + bannus, bannum decree, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German bannan to command — more at ban


First Known Use: circa 1529


CONTRABAND Defined for Kids

contraband

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noun con·tra·band \ˈkän-trə-ˌband\

Definition of contraband for Students

  1. :  goods forbidden by law to be owned or to be brought into or out of a country




Law Dictionary

contraband

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noun con·tra·band \ˈkän-trə-ˌband\

Legal Definition of contraband

  1. :  property that is unlawfully produced, possessed, or transported contraband per se :  property that is in and of itself unlawful to possess, produce, or transport derivative contraband :  property that is unlawful because it is used in committing an unlawful act



Origin of contraband

Italian contrabbando act of smuggling, from contra- against + bando edict, law



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