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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
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Examples from the web for verboten
  • Chocolates were verboten, fresh fruit and vegetables prized.
  • Loading zones are verboten, of course, as are crosswalks and parking near hydrants.
  • But it is strictly verboten to draw the obvious conclusion.
  • Some strands even ventured down his forehead, which is strictly verboten.
  • Instead they treat certain of his positions as though even discussing them is verboten.
  • Of course they want to keep talking about him, because that means they get to indulge in something verboten, too.
  • They were traveling in a designated quiet car, where phone calls and loud conversations are verboten.
British Dictionary definitions for verboten


forbidden; prohibited
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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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