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felon

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noun fel·on \ˈfe-lən\

Simple Definition of felon

  • : a criminal who has committed a serious crime (called a felony)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of felon

  1. 1 :  one who has committed a felony

  2. 2 archaic :  villain

  3. 3 :  whitlow

Origin and Etymology of felon

Middle English, from Anglo-French felun, fel evildoer, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German fillen to beat, whip, fel skin — more at fell


First Known Use: 13th century


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felon

adjective fel·on

Definition of felon

  1. 1 archaic a :  cruel b :  evil

  2. 2 archaic :  wild



13th Century

First Known Use of felon

13th century

Rhymes with felon


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felon

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noun fel·on \ˈfe-lən\

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Medical Dictionary

felon

noun fel·on

Medical Definition of felon

  1. :  a painful abscess of the deep tissues of the palmar surface of the fingertip that is typically caused by infection of a bacterium (such as Staphylococcus aureus) and is marked by swelling and pain—compare paronychia, whitlow 1




Law Dictionary

felon

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noun fel·on \ˈfe-lən\

Legal Definition of felon

  1. :  one who has committed a felony



Origin and Etymology of felon

Anglo-French felon, fel, literally, evildoer, from Old French, probably of Germanic origin


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