- (formerly) an offence generally less heinous than a felony and which until 1967 involved a different form of trial
- any minor offence or transgression
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Lawa criminal offense less serious than a felony.
- an instance of misbehavior.
- Lawa criminal offense defined as less serious than a felony.
- an instance of misbehavior* misdeed.
- mis-1 + demeanor 1480–90