Contraband means "illicit goods" and usually refers to stuff that's imported or exported illegally, like weapons and certain exotic pets (like tigers).

Contra means "against" (contradict, contrary) and bando means "ban," so contraband simply means "against a ban," or despite the rules. Place of origin: Italy. Somehow the word got imported by the English, but there aren't any laws against word-importation, so it would be a stretch to say that contraband is itself contraband.

Definitions of contraband

adj distributed or sold illicitly

black, black-market, bootleg, smuggled
prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules

n goods whose importation or exportation or possession is prohibited by law

Type of:
merchandise, product, ware
commodities offered for sale

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