mug shot


Definition of mug shot

: a photograph of usually a person's head and especially face specifically : a police photograph of a suspect's face or profile

Examples of mug shot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most systems work by using machine learning algorithms to analyze and create a virtual map of people's faces, which can then be compared against a mug shot database. Libor Jany, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis passes restrictive ban on facial recognition use by police, others," 12 Feb. 2021 One law enforcement source told CNN that the suspect is on suicide watch and was wearing a vest intended to protect him from self-harm in the mug shot. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Unsettling questions surround the motive behind three Atlanta-area spa shootings as Asians in the US face increased hate," 18 Mar. 2021 Then came another scandal, this one a DUI accompanied by a mug shot and a grainy dashcam video in 2017. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Opinion: We can't stop talking about Tiger Woods and his golf career, even when we should," 24 Feb. 2021 For his actions, Dr. Gokal was fired from his government job and then charged with stealing 10 vaccine doses worth a total of $135 — a shun-worthy misdemeanor that sent his name and mug shot rocketing around the globe. New York Times, "The Vaccine Had to Be Used. He Used It. He Was Fired.," 10 Feb. 2021 Like his black eye, seen faintly in a mug shot taken by the Arroyo Grande Police – just by chance – two days after Kristin vanished. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, "Can new info help solve the case of missing college student Kristin Smart?," 28 Nov. 2020 Aziz also was arrested over a protective order, and the complaint said a dozen NYPD officers and more than 30 male inmates could see her as the mug shot was taken. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "NYPD can no longer force Muslim women to remove hijabs in mug shots, settlement says," 10 Nov. 2020 But most of those taken into custody were released after fingerprinting and a mug shot. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, "In Belarus, Women Led the Protests and Shattered Stereotypes," 11 Oct. 2020 Staff declined to release a mug shot of the senator. Kim Hyatt, Star Tribune, "State Sen. John Jasinski of Faribault says he takes 'complete responsibility' for drunken driving over the weekend," 4 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of mug shot

1950, in the meaning defined above

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23 Apr 2021

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“Mug shot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mug shot

: a photograph of someone's face especially : a photograph taken by the police of someone who has been arrested

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Legal Definition of mug shot

: a police photograph of a suspect's face or profile that is taken when the suspect is booked

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