- The definition of contraband is not allowed to be imported or exported.
An example of contraband items are drugs.
- 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.
- An example of contraband are drugs being carried across country borders.
- An example of contraband was a slave during the Civil War who was smuggled behind or who fled behind the Union lines.
- unlawful or prohibited trade
- goods forbidden by law to be imported or exported; smuggled merchandise
- contraband of war
- ☆ during the Civil War, a black slave who fled to, or was smuggled or found behind, the Union lines
Origin of contrabandSpanish contrabanda, a smuggling ; from Italian contrabando ; from contra-, against + bando ; from Medieval Latin bannum ; from Frankish an unverified form ban, a command; akin to Old English ban: see ban
- 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.
- Goods that may be seized and confiscated by a belligerent if shipped to another belligerent by a neutral.
- An escaped slave during the Civil War who fled to or was taken behind Union lines.
Origin of contrabandItalian contrabbando : contra-, against (from Latin contrā-; see contra–) + bando, legal proclamation (from Late Latin bannus, of Germanic origin; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots).
(usually uncountable, plural contrabands)
(comparative more contraband, superlative most contraband)
- prohibited from being traded
(third-person singular simple present contrabands, present participle contrabanding, simple past and past participle contrabanded)
From Middle French contrebande.
contraband - Legal Definition
- Any goods that are unlawful to possess, sell or otherwise distribute or transport, or whose very existence is illegal.
- Smuggled goods.