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felon

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noun fel·on \ ˈfe-lən \

Definition of felon

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

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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


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felon

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Definition of felon

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

First Known Use of felon

13th century


FELON Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of felon for English Language Learners

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


FELON Defined for Kids

felon

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noun fel·on \ ˈfe-lən \

Definition of felon for Students


Medical Dictionary

felon

noun fel·on

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 1

Law Dictionary

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noun fel·on \ ˈfe-lən \

legal Definition of felon

: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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