Share this entry
robbery Line breaks: rob|bery
Pronunciation: /ˈrɒb(ə)ri/

Definition of robbery in English:

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 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.
looting, pillage, plunder
British informal blag
North American informal heist, stick-up
1.1 informal Unashamed swindling or overcharging: ‘Twenty-five bucks! Robbery!’
extortion, exorbitant, expensive
informal a rip-off, steep
British informal daylight robbery


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
Definition of robbery in:
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.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources