noun \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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Crime of breaking into and entering a structure with the intent to commit a felony within (see felony and misdemeanour). It is one of several crimes in the general category of theft. Some state statutes specify degrees of burglary based on when and where the crime occurs, whether anyone is present in the structure when it is broken into, and whether a deadly weapon is used.


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