[kon-truh-band] /ˈkɒn trəˌbænd/
anything prohibited by law from being imported or exported.
goods imported or exported illegally.
illegal or prohibited trade; smuggling.
International Law. .
(during the American Civil War) a black slave who escaped to or was brought within the Union lines.
prohibited from export or import.
illegal traffic in such goods; smuggling
(international law) Also called contraband of war. 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
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.
[kon-truh-ban-dist] /ˈkɒn trəˌbæn dɪst/ noun 1. a person engaged in trade; smuggler.
noun, International Law. 1. goods that a neutral nation cannot supply to a belligerent nation except at the risk of seizure and confiscation.
[kon-truh-beys] /ˈkɒn trəˌbeɪs/ Music. noun 1. (in any family of instruments) the member below the bass. 2. (in the violin family) the double bass. adjective 3. of, relating to, or characteristic of such instruments: a contrabass trombone. /ˌkɒntrəˈbeɪs/ noun 1. a member of any of various families of musical instruments that is lower in pitch […]
[kon-truh-bas-oh, -bah-soh; Italian kawn-trah-bahs-saw] /ˌkɒn trəˈbæs oʊ, -ˈbɑ soʊ; Italian ˌkɔn trɑˈbɑs sɔ/ Music. noun, plural contrabassos, contrabassi [kon-truh-bas-ee, -bah-see; Italian kawn-trah-bahs-see] /ˌkɒn trəˈbæs i, -ˈbɑ si; Italian ˌkɔn trɑˈbɑs si/ (Show IPA), adjective 1. .