Definition of black market in English:

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black market

Pronunciation: /ˈblak ˈmärkət/


(the black market)
An illegal traffic or trade in officially controlled or scarce commodities: they planned to sell the meat on the black market [as modifier]: black market currency trading
More example sentences
  • Keeping drugs illegal not only costs billions in enforcement, but loses billions in tax revenue by keeping the drug trade a black-market affair.
  • Investigators concluded that the colonel enlisted his men in a black-market currency scheme that netted him tens of thousands of dollars.
  • But like drugs, and alcohol during Prohibition, black-market contraband always provides a means to acquire whatever is the forbidden fruit of the moment.


black marketeer

Pronunciation: /ˈˌblak ˌmärkəˈti(ə)r/
(also black-marketeer) noun
Example sentences
  • The media like to paint it as a rather wild place, full of black marketeers, mobsters and an amorphous group of people they mysteriously call the ‘Mafia'.
  • Fortunately, he had anticipated trouble and had made arrangements for black marketeers to smuggle out the footage he already had.
  • The author tells us it is simply a matter of supply and demand, with nuclear black marketeers actively establishing connections between likely end-users and would-be sellers.


Example sentences
  • Perhaps he placed too much trust in his countrymen, many of who proved to be corrupt and hoarded, blackmarketeered and did everything to cling on to the bounty.
  • His latest piece offers an explanation for the leniency the country's ruler has received following revelations that his top nuclear technician was black-marketeering atomic materials to rogue states

black marketer

Example sentences
  • For 100 years, black marketers smuggled goods from adjacent Belgium and circumvented Holland's high taxes.
  • Public service announcements became a valuable psychological operations tool and covered everything from stopping looters, to reporting black marketers, to respecting traffic police.
  • Continue down this path and only the black marketers will profit, with a lot of people getting caught in the wheels of justice.

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Syllabification: black mar·ket

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