What does illegal mean?

Definitions for illegalɪˈli gəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word illegal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. illegal(adj)

    prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules

    "an illegal chess move"


  1. illegal(Noun)

    An illegal immigrant.

  2. illegal(Noun)

    An illegal resident spy.

  3. illegal(Adjective)

    Contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.

  4. illegal(Adjective)

    Not permitted by rules

    Moving a pawn backward is an illegal move in chess.

  5. illegal(Adjective)

    Totally fictitious, and often issued on behalf of a non-existent territory or country.

  6. illegal(Adjective)

    Being an illegal immigrant; residing in a country illegally.

  7. Origin: From il- (an assimilated version of in-) + legal. In senses relating to immigration, via clipping from illegal alien or illegal immigrant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Illegal(adj)

    not according to, or authorized by, law; specif., contrary to, or in violation of, human law; unlawful; illicit; hence, immoral; as, an illegal act; illegal trade; illegal love

  2. Origin: [Pref. il- not + legal: cf. F. illgal.]


  1. Illegal

    "Illegal" is the third and final single released from Shakira's second English language studio album, Oral Fixation Vol. 2. It features celebrated Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana. The song was released right after the massive worldwide success of "Hips Don't Lie". The radio release for "Illegal" in the United States and Canada was on November 14, 2006. The music video for the song premiered on November 16, 2006 on MTV's Total Request Live and debuted the next day at #9. It became a hit in countries like Latvia, and Ukraine.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Illegal

    il-lē′gal, adj. contrary to law.—v.t. Illē′galīse, to render unlawful.—n. Illegal′ity, the quality or condition of being illegal.—adv. Illē′gally.

Suggested Resources

  1. illegal

    Song lyrics by illegal -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by illegal on the Lyrics.com website.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'illegal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3866

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'illegal' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4792

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'illegal' in Adjectives Frequency: #515


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of illegal in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of illegal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. The GOP-led House:

    Nobody says it was illegal.

  2. The Donald:

    She's very weak on illegal immigration.

  3. Hector Rodriguez:

    This is totally illegal, unconstitutional.

  4. Mario Draghi:

    Not to pursue our mandate would be illegal.

  5. Carlos Del Rio:

    They're doing something immoral, not illegal.

Images & Illustrations of illegal

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Translations for illegal

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • غير شرعيArabic
  • il·legalCatalan, Valencian
  • ilegálníCzech
  • rechtswidrig, illegalGerman
  • άνομος, έκνομος, παράνομος, λαθρομετανάστης, απαγορευμένοςGreek
  • ilegalSpanish
  • ebaseaduslikEstonian
  • [[laiton]] [[maahanmuuttaja]], vastainen, laitonFinnish
  • sans-papiers, illégalFrench
  • neamhdhleathachIrish
  • ilícitoGalician
  • 違法, 不法, 不法入国者Japanese
  • უკანონოGeorgian
  • qaçax, yasax, memnûh, qedexe, derqanûn, neqanûnîKurdish
  • недозволен, илегален, незаконит, незаконски, неправилен, нелегален, противзаконскиMacedonian
  • illegaal, onwettig, sans-papiers, strafbaarDutch
  • ilegalPortuguese
  • ilegal, nelegalRomanian
  • [[нелега́льный]] [[иммигра́нт]], неве́рный, непра́вильный, нелега́лка, незако́нный, нелега́л, [[нелегальный, неправоме́рный, нелега́льныйRussian
  • lagstridig, illegal, olagligSwedish
  • haramuSwahili
  • yasa dışıTurkish
  • bất hợp phápVietnamese

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