Meaning of contraband

con•tra•band

Pronunciation: (kon'tru-band"), [key]
— n.
  1. anything prohibited by law from being imported or exported.
  2. goods imported or exported illegally.
  3. illegal or prohibited trade; smuggling.
  4. See
  5. (during the American Civil War) a black slave who escaped to or was brought within the Union lines.
—adj.
  1. prohibited from export or import.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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