a person engaged in contraband trade; smuggler.

Origin of contrabandist

From the Spanish word contrabandista, dating back to 1810–20. See contraband, -ist
Related formscon·tra·band·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for contrabandist

Historical Examples of contrabandist

  • I demand the service of this contrabandist as my domestic until this day week.'

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • With the confidence which the contrabandist inspired in him he asked him for money.

    The Dead Command

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

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

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

  • They scent the soldiers as a contrabandist's dog scents a custom-house officer.