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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.
Origin of burglary
1150-1200; Middle English < Anglo-French burglarie; see burglar, -y3
Related forms
antiburglary, adjective Unabridged
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  • I never before stole anything worth speaking of, and I'm glad my first burglary is something worth while.

    The Blue Dragon Kirk Munroe
  • I should think he was a man that would be, from the way he behaved about the burglary.

    Questionable Shapes William Dean Howells
  • Yes, he was in for CPW and investigation of burglary and theft.

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • It's burglary on the high seas, and I'll go fifty miles to see him hanged.'

  • Take it from me, son, there couldn't be a worse time for a burglary than a night melodious with rolling thunder.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson
British Dictionary definitions for burglary


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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Word Origin and History for burglary

c.1200, Anglo-Latin burglaria (see burglar).

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