Definition of mug shot in US English:

mug shot

(also mugshot)

noun

informal
  • 1A photograph of a person's face made for an official purpose, especially police records.

    • ‘Two more posters featuring 20 photos each will be released in the coming two weeks bringing the total number of mugshots released throughout the police campaign to 180.’
    • ‘After my luggage search, the officer took some mugshots of me, then proceeded to fingerprint me.’
    • ‘The facial recognition system needs pictures from at least five different angles, and given that the Metropolitan Police doesn't handle mugshots that way, you can see the problem.’
    • ‘There is something profoundly disconcerting about these 1940s mugshots and, I suppose, the idea of having a collection of them.’
    • ‘The police showed him mugshots of the girlfriend, brother and mother and told him he'd been had.’
    • ‘Since then, police have distributed mugshots to mosques and boarding houses across West Java and set up road blocks.’
    • ‘There's the Smoking Gun, which ferrets around to find court documents and police mugshots relating to major, usually celebrity-related cases.’
    • ‘Some of the files include prison records and mugshots that have never been made public before.’
    • ‘After getting arrested, Johnny Five gets his mugshot taken!’
    • ‘These were actually the mugshots of the two individuals before they were arrested.’
    • ‘Once the police had a camera, the number of photographs increased to become an archive of mugshots.’
    • ‘James Brown has been arrested for domestic violence - check out the police mugshot.’
    • ‘If he were in one of those mugshots, I just hope I could recognize him.’
    • ‘The official state ID includes a laminated card and a mugshot on instant film, making it easy to reproduce.’
    • ‘Anti-crime advice and mugshots of known offenders are given to partnership members to help them stop thefts.’
    • ‘But look at the t-shirt the alleged intruder is wearing in his mugshot.’
    • ‘The brothers are among 18 up-and-coming crime leaders whose mugshots are featured in the intelligence report.’
    • ‘Persistent thief Gary Ellis claimed victory yesterday in a High Court battle to block his mugshot being used in a groundbreaking anti-crime poster campaign proposed by the police.’
    • ‘But, in the case of apprehended celebrities, the numbered mugshot has another significance.’
    • ‘In all likelihood, he fathomed, his mugshot would turn up on the news alongside a police appeal for witnesses to some crime or other.’
    1. 1.1humorous Any photograph of a person's face.
      • ‘Sometimes that can be the difference between failure or survival, which is why he insisted on having the mugshots of Scotland's main restaurant critics on the walls of all his kitchens.’
      • ‘FIFA are celebrating a century of international football by hosting a special photographic exhibition of soccer star mugshots in what used to be the Museum of Mankind.’
      • ‘Here's my mug shot for the book, for better or worse.’
      • ‘But the long and the short of it was, Nadine, Chazen and I all had 2 Polaroids taken and then, to ice that cake of vanity, we got editorial choice over which one became our official Big Board mugshot.’
      • ‘You can't tell how much money someone makes by their mugshot.’