noun bur·glary \ˈbər-glə-rē also -gə-lə-rē also -gəl-rē\

: the act of illegally entering a building in order to steal things

plural bur·glar·ies

Full Definition of BURGLARY

:  the act of breaking and entering a dwelling at night to commit a felony (as theft); broadly :  the entering of a building with the intent to commit a crime
bur·glar·i·ous \ˌbər-ˈgler-ē-əs\ adjective
bur·glar·i·ous·ly adverb

Examples of BURGLARY

  1. There have been a number of burglaries in the neighborhood in recent months.
  2. He has been charged with attempted burglary.

First Known Use of BURGLARY

circa 1523

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi
BURGLARIOUSLY Defined for Kids


noun bur·glary \ˈbər-glə-rē\
plural bur·glar·ies

Definition of BURGLARY for Kids

:  the act of breaking into a building especially at night with the intent to commit a crime (as theft)


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