noun (plural robberies)[mass noun]
- 1The action of robbing a person or place: he was involved in drugs, extortion, and robbery [count noun]: an armed robberyMore example sentences
burglary, theft, thievery, stealing, breaking and entering, housebreaking, larceny, shoplifting, pilfering, filching, embezzlement, misappropriation, swindling, fraud; hold-up, break-in, raid; looting, pillage, plunderBritish • informal blag
- 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.
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French and Old French roberie, from the verb rober (see rob).