Contraband is defined as goods that are against the law to trade or to be imported or exported, or goods that are smuggled or a slave during the Civil War who was behind the Union lines.(noun)
The definition of contraband is not allowed to be imported or exported.(adjective)
An example of contraband items are drugs.
See contraband in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Sp contrabanda, a smuggling < It contrabando < contra-, against + bando < ML bannum < Frank *ban, a command; akin to OE ban: see ban
See contraband in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Italian contrabbando
Origin: : contra-, against (from Latin contrā-; see contra-)
Origin: + bando, legal proclamation (from Late Latin bannus, of Germanic origin; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots).
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