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[bur-gluh-ree] /ˈbɜr glə ri/
noun, plural burglaries. Criminal Law.
the felony of breaking into and entering the house of another at night with intent to steal, extended by statute to cover the breaking into and entering of any of various buildings, by night or day.
1150-1200; Middle English < Anglo-French burglarie; see burglar, -y3
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antiburglary, adjective Unabridged
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  • burglaries commonly occur at residences, restaurants, and small businesses.
British Dictionary definitions for burglaries


noun (pl) -ries
(English criminal law) the crime of either entering a building as a trespasser with the intention of committing theft, rape, grievous bodily harm, or damage, or, having entered as a trespasser, of committing one or more of these offences
Derived Forms
burglarious (bɜːˈɡlɛərɪəs) adjective
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c.1200, Anglo-Latin burglaria (see burglar).

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