Definitions for mug shot

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mug′ shot`(n.)

  1. a photograph of the face of a criminal suspect.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mug shot, mugshot(noun)

    a photograph of someone's face (especially one made for police records)


  1. mug shot(Noun)

    A photograph taken of the head and shoulders, often from the front and in profile, usually taken in conjunction with somebody's arrest.

  2. Origin: Compound of mug + shot, US. Compare mug.


  1. Mug shot

    A mug shot, mugshot, police photograph, or booking photograph, is a photographic portrait taken after one is arrested. The purpose of the mug shot is to allow law enforcement to have a photographic record of the arrested individual to allow for identification by victims and investigators. Most mug shots are two-part, with one side-view photo, and one front-view. They may be compiled into a mug book in order to determine the identity of a criminal. In high-profile cases mug shots may also be published by the media.


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