Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “illegal”

See all translations

illegal

adjective uk   /ɪˈliː.ɡəl/ us  
B2 not allowed by law: a campaign to stop the illegal sale of cigarettes to children under 16 Prostitution is illegal in some countries. It is illegal to drive a car that is not registered and insured. Cocaine, LSD, and heroin are all illegal drugs/substances.
More examples
illegally
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
B2 They entered the country illegally. an illegally parked car

illegal

noun [C] // informal
someone who lives or works in another country when they do not have the legal right to do this: He said ID cards would make it easier to deport illegals.
Translations of “illegal”
in Korean 불법의…
in Arabic غَيْر قَانُوني…
in French illégal…
in Turkish yasadışı, kanuna/yasalara aykırı…
in Italian illegale…
in Chinese (Traditional) 非法的,違法的…
in Russian незаконный…
in Polish nielegalny…
in Spanish ilegal…
in Portuguese ilegal…
in German ungesetzlich…
in Catalan il·legal, il·lícit…
in Japanese 違法の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 非法的,违法的…
(Definition of illegal from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of illegal?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “illegal” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

illusion

an idea or belief that is not true

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More