- 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
Related Wordsrobbery, heist, crime, larceny, theft, break-in, caper, thieving, prowl, sting, pilferage, housebreaking
Examples from the Web for burglary
The more accomplished students took classes in safe-cracking, burglary, blackmail, and confidence games.Meet 'The Queen of Thieves' Marm Mandelbaum, New York City's First Mob Boss
J. North Conway
September 7, 2014
Identified only as Darius, the teen has been arrested for burglary several times in recent weeks.France Decries Attack That Left Roma Teen in a Coma
June 18, 2014
They were arraigned in Manhattan criminal court on charges of burglary, reckless endangerment and jumping from a structure.Hero or Criminal? James Brady, the WTC Ironworker Who Jumped Off the Building
March 25, 2014
Burglary, something he hated, seemed to be the only way to find evidence.The Domestic Spying of Hoover’s FBI Is an Eerie Prequel to the NSA’s Snooping Today
March 23, 2014
It looked like Greg was trying to stop a burglary, and was killed in the ensuing confrontation.Did Sexpot Schoolteacher Pamela Smart Hire Teens to Kill Her Husband?
January 19, 2014
I should think he was a man that would be, from the way he behaved about the burglary.Questionable Shapes
William Dean Howells
It's burglary on the high seas, and I'll go fifty miles to see him hanged.'The Pirate and The Three Cutters
I am convinced that I was wrong when I made the charge of burglary against him.Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective
Ellis Parker Butler
But it is usually used when it is not intended that the burglary ever be discussed.
There can be no doubt but that the burglary is the work of professional cracksmen.The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
- 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
Word Origin and History for burglary
c.1200, Anglo-Latin burglaria (see burglar).