Coined in Middle English (as larceni) between 1425 and 1475 from Anglo-Norman larcin (“theft”), from Latin latrocinium (“robbery”), from latro (“robber, mercenary”), from Ancient Greek λάτρον (látron, “pay, hire”).
- (law, uncountable) The unlawful taking of personal property as an attempt to deprive the legal owner of it permanently. [from mid-15th c.]
- (law, countable) A larcenous act attributable to an individual.
- That young man already has four assaults, a DUI, and a larceny on his record.
law: unlawful taking of personal property
law: larcenous act