Definition of robbery in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈräb(ə)rē/

noun (plural robberies)

1The action of robbing a person or place: he was involved in drugs, violence, extortion, and robbery an armed robbery
More example sentences
  • England and Wales already have the highest levels of burglaries, car thefts, assaults and robberies in the industrialised world.
  • The story concerns a criminal gang called The Vampires, mysterious and resourceful, that terrorizes France with a succession of swindles, robberies, and murders.
  • She has been framed by the gangsters and is wanted for several armed robberies.
1.1 informal Unashamed swindling or overcharging.
a swindle
informal a rip-off, a gyp, a con, a con job


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French and Old French roberie, from the verb rober (see rob).

Words that rhyme with robbery

corroboree, jobbery, slobbery, snobbery
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.