Definition of illegal in English:


Syllabification: il·le·gal
Pronunciation: /i(l)ˈlēgəl



derogatory , chiefly North American Back to top  
  • A person present in a country without official authorization.
    More example sentences
    • Immigration officials say those illegals come from more than 100 countries.
    • Have a telephone tip line to report illegals to Immigration.
    • People who insist that all illegals be deported have an excellent point, and I think they're right.



Pronunciation: /ˌi(l)liˈgalitē/
noun (plural illegalities)
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  • I will just say that a member cannot suggest corruption or illegality.
  • How much corruption or illegality is required for an election result to be invalidated?
  • Two months later, New Zealand returned to the Court to argue strongly for the illegality of all nuclear weapons.


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  • A company has been prosecuted for illegally dumping material it could not recycle.
  • Villagers were sabotaged by travellers illegally camping there last summer.
  • A house raid netted a huge amount of equipment used for illegally copying music CDs.


early 17th century: from French illégal or medieval Latin illegalis, from Latin in- 'not' + legalis 'according to the law'.

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