Definition of felony noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfeləni//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeləni//
[countable, uncountable] (pl. felonies) (US English or old-fashioned, law) Types of crime, Committing crime
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the act of committing a serious crime such as murder or rape; a crime of this type a charge of felony compare misdemeanour See related entries: Types of crime, Committing crime Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French felonie, from felon ‘wicked, a wicked person’ (oblique case of fel ‘evil’), from medieval Latin fello, fellon-, of unknown origin.Extra examples He was charged with felony assault. a felony punishable by up to six years in prison He was indicted on three felony charges of lying to the grand jury.
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