petit larceny


noun Law.

Origin of petit larceny

First recorded in 1580–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for petit larceny

petit larceny


(formerly in England) the stealing of property valued at 12 pence or under. Abolished 1827
(in some states of the US) the theft of property having a value below a certain figure
Also called: petty larceny
Derived Formspetit larcenist, noun
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