Definition of larceny noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈlɑːsəni//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɑːrsəni//
[uncountable, countable] (pl. larcenies) (law, North American English or old-fashioned, British English) Types of crime
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the crime of stealing something from somebody; an occasion when this takes place synonym theft The couple were charged with grand/petty larceny (= stealing things that are valuable/not very valuable). See related entries: Types of crime Word Originlate 15th cent.: from Old French larcin, from Latin latrocinium, from latro(n-) ‘robber’, earlier ‘mercenary soldier’, from Greek latreus.
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