misdemeanor for learners of American EnglishPowered by COBUILD (mɪsdɪminər)
Word forms: misdemeanors
regional note: in BRIT, use misdemeanour
1. countable noun
A misdemeanor is an act that some people consider to be wrong or unacceptable. [formal] ⇒ Paul appeared before the faculty to account for his various misdemeanors.
2. countable noun
In the United States and other countries where the legal system distinguishes between very serious crimes and less serious ones, a misdemeanor is a less serious crime. [law] ⇒ Under state law, it is a misdemeanor to possess a firearm on school premises.