- anything prohibited by law from being imported or exported.
- goods imported or exported illegally.
- illegal or prohibited trade; smuggling.
- International Law. contraband of war.
- (during the American Civil War) a black slave who escaped to or was brought within the Union lines.
- prohibited from export or import.
- goods that are prohibited by law from being exported or imported
- illegally imported or exported goods
- illegal traffic in such goods; smuggling
- Also called: contraband of war international law goods that a neutral country may not supply to a belligerent
- (during the American Civil War) a Black slave captured by the Union forces or one who escaped to the Union lines
- (of goods)
- forbidden by law from being imported or exported
- illegally imported or exported
n.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.