A convict is a person who has been found guilty — convicted — of a crime and is serving a sentence in prison.

When you convict (accent on the second syllable) someone of a crime, you find them guilty. The person is then a convict (accent on the first syllable). When the person is released from jail, he's an ex-con, that is, he's not a convict any more.

Definitions of convict
  1. verb
    find or declare guilty
    “The man was convicted of fraud and sentenced”
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    acquit, assoil, clear, discharge, exculpate, exonerate
    pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
    convict anew
    type of:
    judge, label, pronounce
    pronounce judgment on
  2. noun
    a person who has been convicted of a criminal offense
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    first offender
    someone convicted for the first time
    sex offender
    someone who has been convicted of a sex crime
    type of:
    offender, wrongdoer
    a person who transgresses moral or civil law
  3. noun
    a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison
    synonyms: con, inmate, yard bird, yardbird
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    a prisoner serving a term of life imprisonment
    a convict who is considered trustworthy and granted special privileges
    type of:
    captive, prisoner
    a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war
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