rob·​bery ˈrä-b(ə-)rē How to pronounce robbery (audio)
plural robberies
: the act or practice of robbing
specifically : larceny from the person or presence of another by violence or threat

Examples of robbery in a Sentence

a series of armed robberies They foiled a bank robbery. He is charged with attempted robbery. She was arrested for robbery.
Recent Examples on the Web McLaughlin and Hurtado have been arrested on charges of kidnapping, robbery, aggravated reckless conduct, criminal conspiracy, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and theft by unauthorized taking, according to police. Julia Marnin, Miami Herald, 16 Feb. 2024 Over that same time, violent crime went down by eight incidents — there were fewer assaults with a deadly weapon and robberies than in the previous year. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 In October 2023, L.A. reported a nearly 7% decline in violent crime compared with 2022, with decreases in homicides, robberies, rapes and property crimes other than petty thefts. Anthony De Leon, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 Commercial burglary and robbery rates increased during that time. Lindsey Holden, Sacramento Bee, 13 Feb. 2024 That aligns with crime numbers in the city, which last year showed significant increases in burglaries and robberies, and with public outrage over retail theft. Shomik Mukherjee, The Mercury News, 13 Feb. 2024 The UPenn analysis also found a roughly one-third drop in carjackings, alongside little change in assaults and robberies in the Western District attributable to GVRS. Darcy Costello, Baltimore Sun, 8 Feb. 2024 He has now been charged with domestic violence by strangulation, false imprisonment, robbery, harassing a victim and cocaine possession among other charges, according to court records reviewed by PEOPLE. Samira Asma-Sadeque, Peoplemag, 5 Feb. 2024 Among those are first-degree murder, robbery, a criminal gang enhancement and a deadly weapon enhancement, Nampa police said. Shaun Goodwin, Idaho Statesman, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of robbery was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Robbery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


rob·​bery ˈräb-(ə-)rē How to pronounce robbery (audio)
plural robberies
: the act, practice, or an instance of robbing

Legal Definition


plural robberies
: the unlawful taking away of personal property from a person by violence or by threat of violence that causes fear : larceny from the person or immediate presence of another by violence or threat of violence and with intent to steal
aggravated robbery
: robbery committed with aggravating factors (as use of a weapon, infliction of bodily injury, or use of an accomplice)
armed robbery
: robbery committed by a person armed with a dangerous or deadly weapon
simple robbery
: robbery that does not involve any aggravating factors

Anglo-French robberie roberie, from Old French, from rober to take something away from a person by force

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