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contrabandist

[ kon-truh-ban-dist ]

noun

  1. a person engaged in contraband trade; smuggler.


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Other Words From

  • contra·bandism noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of contrabandist1

From the Spanish word contrabandista, dating back to 1810–20. See contraband, -ist

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Example Sentences

In Andalusia they say that a contrabandist can conceal himself behind half a brick.

The rude native, the contrabandist who mocked at laws seemed stupefied by the news.

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.

The artless contrabandist, besides his own modest pack, had fourteen several hampers and boxes under his charge.

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