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[ver-boht-n; German fer-boht-n] /vərˈboʊt n; German fɛrˈboʊt n/
forbidden, as by law; prohibited.
Origin of verboten
1910-15; < German: past participle of verbieten to forbid Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is verboten for customers to handle fruit on 129 the market stands.

    Germany in War Time Mary Ethel McAuley
  • It is verboten to throw rubbish on the side walks and streets.

    Germany in War Time Mary Ethel McAuley
  • Not even a crowd of five persons might gather to watch the military pageant; it was verboten.

    The Day of Wrath Louis Tracy
  • It is verboten for children to play in the halls of apartment houses.

    Germany in War Time Mary Ethel McAuley
  • Edicts were published at regular intervals declaring some new thing to be verboten, and always under penalty of death.

    Wounded and a Prisoner of War Malcolm V. (Malcolm Vivian) Hay
British Dictionary definitions for verboten


forbidden; prohibited
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for verboten

German, literally "forbidden" (see forbid).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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