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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

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

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



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

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





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