from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The illegal business of buying or selling goods or currency in violation of restrictions such as price controls or rationing.
  • n. A place where these illegal operations are carried on.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. trade that is in violation of restrictions, rationing or price controls
  • n. the people who engage in such trade (considered as a group), or that sector of the economy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the illicit buying and selling of goods, in violation of price controls, rationing, tax laws, prohibition of sale, etc.
  • n. a place where such illegal commerce is conducted, or the entire system of such illicit commerce considered as a whole.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. people who engage in illicit trade
  • v. deal in illegally, such as arms or liquor
  • n. an illegal market in which goods or currencies are bought and sold in violation of rationing or controls


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  • Let us weep for what has happened at home, where 350,000 of us have been transported as slave labour to Germany, where the DUCE has created the impossible condition of there being unemployment during a war, where there is hopeless inflation and where three-quarters of food is obtainable only on the black market that is run by His own officials, where ration cards are forged without restraint, and where there are forty distribution agencies with overlapping functions that ensure that nothing can ever happen.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • Among the dank alleys of Gelph, I chanced upon a black market dealer in items arcane who offered that which was forbidden.

    Wit'ch Storm

  • And of course, Libya has alerted us to the extent of the global WMD black market and Dr Khan's role in it.

    The Threat of Proliferation: Global Resolve and Australian Action

  • And the whole notion of “missing” Russian nuclear suitcase bombs floating around for sale on the black market that Zawahiri mentioned to Hamid Mir is a Hollywood construct greeted with great skepticism by nuclear proliferation experts.

    The Longest War


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