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 Steve got fired from the case and wound up getting criminally charged and convicted of being a felon in possession. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 6 Jan. 2022 Smith was being held on charges of violating parole, being a felon in possession of a firearm, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 29 Dec. 2021 He is being held on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a weapon, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports. Virginia Chamlee, PEOPLE.com, 24 Dec. 2021 Stephens has been convicted of multiple felonies in Oregon, dating back to at least 1999, including drug possession, attempted robbery and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon, according to court documents. oregonlive, 18 Dec. 2021 The younger brother was eventually sentenced to 10 years in prison for lying to the FBI about his sibling, as well as being a felon in possession of firearms. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Dec. 2021 Court records show Shaw has been free on his own recognizance while awaiting trial in Baltimore County for a March 2020 arrest for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, 17 Dec. 2021 Hyde, however, was taken into custody for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 10 Dec. 2021 Johnson was indicted last week on six criminal counts — including threatening to murder a U.S. official, being a felon in possession of firearms, threatening to destroy property by fire and threatening interstate communications. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Nov. 2021 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

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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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11 Jan 2022

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“Felon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/felon. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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felon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of felon

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

felon

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

Kids Definition of felon

felon

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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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