Definition of robbery in English:

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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

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Syllabification: rob·ber·y

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