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.
British Dictionary definitions for 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
Word Origin and History 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.)).
Culture definitions for contraband
Goods illegally transported across borders to avoid the payment of taxes.