from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One charged with an offense or crime.
- n. One guilty of a fault or crime.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The person or thing at fault for a problem or crime.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One accused of, or arraigned for, a crime, as before a judge.
- n. One quilty of a fault; a criminal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person arraigned for a crime or offense.
- n. A criminal; a malefactor; an offender.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who perpetrates wrongdoing
Probably from cul. prit, abbreviation for Anglo-Norman *culpable: prit d'averrer nostre bille, guilty: (I am) ready to aver our indictment : culpable, guilty (from Latin culpābilis; see culpable) + *prit, ready (variant of prest, from Latin praestō; see presto).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin culpa, fault via French cul prit (Wiktionary)