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grand larceny

noun, Law.
larceny in which the value of the goods taken is above a certain legally specified amount.
Also called grand theft.
Compare petty larceny.
Origin of grand larceny
First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for grand larceny
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  • Petit larceny and grand larceny differ only in the amount stolen.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • She asked what the difference was between larceny and grand larceny, in a case.

    Twenty Years of Hus'ling J. P. Johnston
  • No, me for where you can carry off things that are too big for the grand larceny statutes.

    Yellowstone Nights Herbert Quick
  • grand larceny, embezzlement, forgery, and similar crimes are infrequent.

    One Irish Summer William Eleroy Curtis
  • Yesterday afternoon she was arrested, charged with grand larceny.

    News Writing M. Lyle Spencer
British Dictionary definitions for grand larceny

grand larceny

(formerly in England) the theft of property valued at over 12 pence. Abolished in 1827
(in some states of the US) the theft of property of which the value is above a specified figure, varying from state to state but usually being between $25 and $60
Compare petit larceny
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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