Definition of ex-con in English:

ex-con

noun

informal
  • An ex-convict; a former inmate of a prison.

    • ‘Additionally, my morning train is also the same one Her Majesty's Prison Service uses to cart all their ex-cons back to London after they've served their time in one of the five prisons within ten miles of my house.’
    • ‘It is not so much the embarrassment or hardship of slopping out that is irking these ex-cons - it is more the public impression of what humiliations or hardships such a practice involves.’
    • ‘In other words, rather than returning to their communities anonymously, ex-cons will come back under a watchful eye.’
    • ‘Moreover, America's prisons are creating an entire class of ex-cons who have that much harder a time afterwards finding jobs that are willing to pay them competitive wages.’
    • ‘When I answered, at the other end was an ex-convict friend of mine, and if you've been to jail, or if you know most ex-cons, they are not the kind you'd relish disrupting your weekends, your early mornings, or worse, your late-night limes.’
    • ‘Recidivism - the rate at which ex-cons return to prison within three years of their release - has decreased by about 16 percent during the 1990s.’
    • ‘The rabbi and his white-clad followers, mostly aggressive ex-cons who got early prison release as religious penitents, work hard to establish themselves as the spiritual government of the neighborhood.’
    • ‘I haven't been hearing about ex-cons and sex offenders.’
    • ‘Some believed officers crossed that line with the parole sweeps conducted last month, which resulted in 192 arrests, more than half of ex-cons violating their parole.’
    • ‘She is an ex-con who served nine months in the forbidding maximum security prison in Lexington, Kentucky.’
    • ‘She has had several children out of wedlock with various men, and now lives with one of them - Kevin, an ex-con - in public housing.’
    • ‘But the available data offer little proof that ex-cons who are monitored by parole officers are less likely to commit a fresh crime than those who are not.’
    • ‘Prisoners and/or ex-cons dare not become squeaky wheels.’
    • ‘These days, the staff consists of two homeless ex-cons, a death penalty activist, and two women who married men in prison.’
    • ‘Voters passed the Three Strikes Law as a response to several well-publicized horrors perpetrated by evil ex-cons who never should have been set free from prison.’
    • ‘Its hero is not, as the title might suggest, a reigning monarch: he is, in fact, an ex-con living in 1985 Pittsburgh having served a seven-year jail sentence for manslaughter.’
    • ‘He would move to Tent City, where, for a brief period at the turn of the millennium, a few dozen thieves, vagabonds, cons and ex-cons constructed an anarchic community out of whatever materials they could find, scam or beg.’
    • ‘The owner of the business is an ex-con who learned baking while doing a spell in prison for armed robbery.’
    • ‘An ex-con returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition, become the biggest cat in the city and share the wealth amongst the poorer members of the pride.’
    • ‘He started hiring ex-cons and gang members from the neighborhood, providing them with medical benefits and retirement plans.’

Origin

Early 20th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

ex-con

/ˌeksˈkän/