petty larceny


noun Law.

larceny in which the value of the goods taken is below a certain legally specified amount.

Compare grand larceny.

Origin of petty larceny

First recorded in 1810–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for petty larceny

Historical Examples of petty larceny

  • It's too cramped, too girded about with petty-larceny conventions.

    North of Fifty-Three

    Bertrand W. Sinclair

  • It simply means a thief on a grand scale, something more than "a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles," or petty-larceny rascal.


    William Harrison Ainsworth

  • He had all the contempt for a petty-larceny thief that the skilled safe-breaker has for the common purse-snatcher.


    Caroline Lockhart

British Dictionary definitions for petty larceny

petty larceny


a variant spelling of petit larceny
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