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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. 2017.
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  • grand larceny, embezzlement, forgery, and similar crimes are infrequent.

    One Irish Summer William Eleroy Curtis
  • The offence being for a grand larceny the prisoner was allowed to plead the benefit of clergy.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • It would have seemed to partake of the nature of grand larceny from Providence.

    The Copy-Cat and Other Stories Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Up to the year 1827 'grand larceny', that is to say, stealing to a value exceeding twelve pence, was punishable with death.

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

    Twenty Years of Hus'ling J. P. Johnston
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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