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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They also were convicted of possession with intent to distribute narcotics, using a firearm in a drug-trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm. ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio jury convicts pair in Mexican Mafia organized crime case," 2 July 2019 Fowler was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and pleaded guilty on May 14. Evan Sernoffsky, SFChronicle.com, "Former San Francisco sheriff’s deputy convicted of fraud following romance with inmate," 27 June 2019 On June 13, a U.S. District judge sentenced Richard Quinn Jr., 35, to two years prison for a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "San Leandro: Man who held gun to head in standoff with police gets two years," 23 June 2019 Johnny Williams said Blanding is charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the June 9 incident. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Man shot by Birmingham police now charged in 4 holdups at Family Dollar stores," 18 June 2019 Can both the state of Alabama and federal prosecutors try and convict a man for the same crime of being a felon in possession of a gun? David G. Savage, Anchorage Daily News, "With political power at stake, Supreme Court is set to rule on gerrymandering and the census," 8 June 2019 The justices overturned an enhanced sentence given to Samuel Johnson, a white supremacist whose crimes included being a felon in possession of a firearm. Fox News, "Montana killer freed years after conviction determined not to be 'crime of violence'," 24 Aug. 2018 McFly says he was treated like a felon and felt threatened. USA TODAY, "Mermaid Parade, Lincoln’s Bible, District 12: News from around our 50 states," 24 June 2019 Barnes, 26, also pleaded guilty for possession of a firearm by a felon and endangering safety by reckless use of a firearm. Sydney Czyzon, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee man abruptly pleads guilty to killing 13-year-old Sandra Parks after hearing witness testimony," 11 June 2019

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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) \

Kids Definition of felon

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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