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Topic: CRIME AND LAW

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Italian
Origin: contrabbando, from Medieval Latin contrabannum, from contra- ( CONTRA-) + bannum 'official order'

contraband

noun
     
con‧tra‧band [uncountable]
SC goods that are brought into a country illegally, especially to avoid tax:
a cargo of contraband
contraband adjective:
contraband cigarettes
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