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[ bur-gluh-ree ]


, Criminal Law.
, plural bur·gla·ries.
  1. 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.


/ bɜːˈɡlɛərɪəs; ˈbɜːɡlərɪ /


  1. 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
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • burglarious, adjective
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Other Words From

  • anti·burgla·ry adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of burglary1

1150–1200; Middle English < Anglo-French burglarie; burglar, -y 3
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Example Sentences

After the death of Tess’s grandmother, the mother and daughter rummage through grandma’s belongings, finding hints of “deep-rooted family secrets” about burglaries and lost treasure near the Canadian border.

Then 29, she began a 20-year sentence for burglary and car theft as part of a crime ring that stashed hundreds of stolen items in a suburban Colorado storage unit.

The girl speaks about her grandmother and a mysterious past, explaining that she’s found secrets about her grandma, like the mention of a burglary ring and “some sort of lost fortune.”

He was released from prison three months ago — he served 20 years for armed burglary — then met Winestock.

In statistical models that did identify a significant relationship between undocumented immigration and crime, we found undocumented immigration reduces property crimes, such as burglary.

The more accomplished students took classes in safe-cracking, burglary, blackmail, and confidence games.

Identified only as Darius, the teen has been arrested for burglary several times in recent weeks.

The trip was bankrolled by low-level Miami gangster Raul Pacheco, himself already on probation for attempted armed burglary.

They were arraigned in Manhattan criminal court on charges of burglary, reckless endangerment and jumping from a structure.

Burglary, something he hated, seemed to be the only way to find evidence.

As he was relating an account of a desperate burglary, I asked him what he would have done if the man of the house had awakened.

There was a burglary at Countess Saens' house, and the thief took nothing but papers.

She left here in a violent hurry on her maid coming to say that there had been a burglary at her house.

He wisely concluded that it is not sufficient to commit a successful burglary, if you are afterwards found out.

Even burglary becomes a bore when you have to wait too long idle out in the cold.


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