[ver-boht-n; German fer-boht-n]
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Origin of verboten

1910–15; < German: past participle of verbieten to forbid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for verboten

banned, forbidden, prohibited, taboo, tabu

Examples from the Web for verboten

Contemporary Examples of verboten

Historical Examples of verboten

  • Then, with gestures which could not be mistaken he repeated gruffly, “Verboten.”

    The Island Mystery

    George A. Birmingham

  • "But to eat before mess, it is verboten," declared the guide.

  • It is verboten for the German people to speak to them, so of course they do not do it.

    Germany in War Time

    Mary Ethel McAuley

  • It is verboten to throw rubbish on the side walks and streets.

    Germany in War Time

    Mary Ethel McAuley

  • It is verboten for children and nurse girls to occupy all the benches in the parks.

    Germany in War Time

    Mary Ethel McAuley

British Dictionary definitions for verboten


  1. forbidden; prohibited
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Word Origin and History for verboten

German, literally "forbidden" (see forbid).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper