felon

noun
fel·​on | \ ˈfe-lən How to pronounce felon (audio) \

Definition of felon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one who has committed a felony
2 archaic : villain
3 : a painful abscess of the deep tissues of the palmar surface of the fingertip that is typically caused by bacterial infection (as with a staphylococcus) and is marked by swelling and pain — compare whitlow sense 1

felon

adjective

Definition of felon (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic
a : cruel
b : evil
2 archaic : wild

Examples of felon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun He was convicted of being a felon in possession of a gun and ammunition and sentenced in February 2021 to six years in federal prison. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 May 2022 Freeman is charged with second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and being a felon in possession of a gun. oregonlive, 11 May 2022 At the time of the shooting, Payton was free on $50,000 bail, stemming from a January 2020 arrest for allegedly being a felon in possession of a firearm, Schubert said. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 4 May 2022 The 37-year-old woman was arrested and booked into Vista jail on suspicion of several charges, including drug possession and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Apr. 2022 Maynor pleaded guilty to one count each of murder, attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm, and two counts of residential burglary with a person present. Okla Jones, Essence, 19 Apr. 2022 Dandrae Martin, 26, was booked into Sacramento County Main Jail and charged with being a felon in possession of a gun. Hannah Wileystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2022 Authorities plan to charge him with being a felon in possession of a handgun and carrying a machine gun that night. Fox News, 16 Apr. 2022 Martin is the brother of another suspect, Dandrae Martin, arrested a day earlier on suspicion of assault with a firearm and being a felon in possession of a gun. Anchorage Daily News, 6 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And despite a ban on felon possession of weapons, law enforcement searches of his Upper Peninsula home on Jan. 19 turned up a Russian SKS rifle, two shotguns, a Glock pistol and more than 100 rounds of ammunition, prosecutors said. Washington Post, 28 July 2021 One was to turn most of the felon population over to the U.S. government. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2021 Before its passing, Florida had a 150-year ban on felon voting. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, 20 Oct. 2020 The state sent the felon memo to the 67 county election supervisors this week, but did not distribute it publicly. Terry Spencer, Star Tribune, 16 Oct. 2020 Just this week, Florida’s Department of State published guidance on ex-felon voting eligibility. Rachel Glickhouse, ProPublica, 14 Aug. 2020 Nineteen states and the District of Columbia filed a brief asking an appeals court to rule against the state in its ex-felon voting case. Rachel Glickhouse, ProPublica, 7 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of felon

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for felon

Noun

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

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“Felon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/felon. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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felon

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fel·​on | \ ˈfe-lən How to pronounce felon (audio) \

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Medical Definition of felon

: 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 sense 1

felon

noun
fel·​on | \ ˈfe-lən How to pronounce felon (audio) \

Legal Definition of felon

: one who has committed a felony

History and Etymology for felon

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

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