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

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Marcos Medina, 20, was charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Nicole Santa Cruz, latimes.com, "Two charged in killing of 17-year-old honor roll student," 5 June 2019 Jeffrey Cody Miller, 32, was held to answer on charges of animal cruelty, grand theft and possession of a firearm by a felon in connection. Dan Squier, The Mercury News, "When Arcata cop asked for help with stray pet pig, he didn’t mean for the guy to butcher it," 5 June 2019 Under the revised verdict, Goebel sentenced Moore to a total of 27 years for involuntary manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. George Houde, chicagotribune.com, "After initially finding man guilty of murder, Cook judge changes conviction to lesser crime of manslaughter; victim's mom 'shocked'," 5 June 2019 Dunbar, 32, from Bakersfield, California, is in federal prison in Texas after pleading guilty in September 2015 to a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Ken Ritter, Fox News, "Lawyers: 2014 arrest at Vegas hotel precursor to killings," 6 July 2018 According to the charges, a Molotov cocktail — a homemade firebomb — is considered a firearm and cannot be legally possessed by a felon. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee activist Vaun Mayes released from custody in Sherman Park firebomb plot," 5 July 2018 He's charged with second-degree murder, use of a firearm in committing a felony and possession of a firearm by a felon. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "This Miami Gardens fatal shooting broke the city's trend, continues a national trend," 3 July 2018 In Utah, Mitt Romney is back, and in New York, a felon could wind up in Congress. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "WSU quarterback Hilinski had CTE; travel ban upheld | Tuesday Morning Brief, June 26," 26 June 2018 In Maine and Vermont, felons never lose their right to vote. CBS News, "Texas woman sentenced five years in prison for voting while on probation," 15 June 2018

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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

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) \

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felon

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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 sense 1

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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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