Try Our Apps


Famous Last Words


[kon-truh-ban-dist] /ˈkɒn trəˌbæn dɪst/
a person engaged in contraband trade; smuggler.
Origin of contrabandist
From the Spanish word contrabandista, dating back to 1810-20. See contraband, -ist
Related forms
contrabandism, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for contrabandist
Historical Examples
  • With the confidence which the contrabandist inspired in him he asked him for money.

    The Dead Command Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • I demand the service of this contrabandist as my domestic until this day week.'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • A contrabandist was entrusted with a good many things, and knew how to keep them secret.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo
  • They scent the soldiers as a contrabandist's dog scents a custom-house officer.

  • The contrabandist swore to betray nothing, and he kept his word; nobody was more trustworthy than the genuine smuggler.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo
  • In Andalusia they say that a contrabandist can conceal himself behind half a brick.

    In Kedar's Tents Henry Seton Merriman
  • The rude native, the contrabandist who mocked at laws seemed stupefied by the news.

    The Dead Command Vicente Blasco Ibez

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for contrabandist

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for contrabandist

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for contrabandist