- contra dance,
- contra-guide rudder,
- contraband of war,
Origin of contraband
Examples from the Web for contraband
Yazbek says no one takes names, and no one checks for weapons or other contraband.
Prison guards in Lima found a contraband mobile phone in his prison cell that he claimed was given to him by the warden.
He was convicted of perjury, served 30 days, and went back to a swashbuckling career in contraband.
A CBP dog sniffs around for contraband like drugs, food, weapons, people.A Shooting on a Tribal Land Uncovers Feds Running Wild|Caitlin Dickson|August 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Of course, as Singer notes, “Smuggling things that are contraband at a prison is not a national security emergency.”What Was This Drone Doing Over a South Carolina Prison?|Melissa Leon|August 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Very soon a large amount of contraband was found on the ship, put there with the knowledge of the captain.Changing China|William Gascoyne-Cecil
(e) United States Government guarantees that no contraband (according to German contraband list) is carried by those steamships.
Our contraband is a woman, and she comes upon the scene of action in this wise, retrospectively.Shoulder-Straps|Henry Morford
At this time the shores of Norfolk and Suffolk were most conspicuous for contraband trade.The History of Margaret Catchpole|Richard Cobbold
The custom-house officer, searching the next luggage to mine, unearthed two boxes of cigars; of course these were contraband.
- goods that are prohibited by law from being exported or imported
- illegally imported or exported goods
- forbidden by law from being imported or exported
- illegally imported or exported
Word Origin for contraband
1520s, "smuggling;" 1590s, "smuggled goods;" from Middle French contrebande "a smuggling," from older Italian contrabando (modern contrabbando) "unlawful dealing," from Latin contra "against" (see contra) + Medieval Latin bannum, from Frankish *ban "a command" or some other Germanic source (see ban (v.)).
Goods illegally transported across borders to avoid the payment of taxes.