burglary

noun
bur·​glary | \ ˈbər-glə-rē also -gə-lə-rē also -gəl-rē How to pronounce burglary (audio) \
plural burglaries

Definition of burglary

: the act of breaking and entering a dwelling at night to commit a felony (such as theft) broadly : the entering of a building with the intent to commit a crime

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Other Words from burglary

burglarious \ ˌbər-​ˈgler-​ē-​əs How to pronounce burglarious (audio) \ adjective
burglariously adverb

Examples of burglary in a Sentence

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

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De la Mata identified citizens of Mexico, the United States and South Korea as the main suspects being investigated on charges that include of causing injuries, making threats and burglary. Aritz Parra, The Seattle Times, "Spain: FBI offered data stolen in North Korean Embassy raid," 27 Mar. 2019 Chicago police reported double-digit percentage drops in murders, robberies and burglaries in the first three months of 2019. Jake Holland, WSJ, "Shootings, Homicides in Chicago Drop in First Quarter," 1 Apr. 2019 In 2007, Grills was convicted of armed robbery and burglary in Illinois. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Greendale woman feared for her life during kidnapping," 26 June 2018 In fact, the school district reported no robberies, burglaries or major thefts that year. Scott Travis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Broward schools look safer than they are; many crimes not reported to state," 9 June 2018 King of Thieves, which also stars Jim Broadbent and Sir Michael Gambon, tells the story of the biggest burglary in British history. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Prince Philip Made a Surprise Visit to a Film Set—But Didn’t Want to Meet Any of the Stars," 7 Sep. 2018 Police then learned of the seven other burglaries on the 8300 to 8500 blocks of Clynderven Road and the 8500 block of Walredon Avenue. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Police blotter: Burr Ridge officers follow suspects in eight car burglaries onto I-55 before losing them," 14 July 2018 He was arrested after authorities interviewed him and had evidence linking him to the burglary. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Burglar breaks into escape room business, calls 911 when he can't get out, owner says," 12 July 2018 The burglary was on the 1000 block of Claim Street, only a few blocks away from the auto shop, Ferrelli said. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora police vehicle crashes into auto shop while responding to burglary," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of burglary

circa 1523, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of burglary was circa 1523

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burglary

noun

English Language Learners Definition of burglary

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

burglary

noun
bur·​glary | \ ˈbər-glə-rē How to pronounce burglary (audio) \
plural burglaries

Kids Definition of burglary

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

burglary

noun
bur·​glary | \ ˈbər-glə-rē How to pronounce burglary (audio) \
plural burglaries

Legal Definition of burglary

: the act of breaking and entering an inhabited structure (as a house) especially at night with intent to commit a felony (as murder or larceny) also : the act of entering or remaining unlawfully (as after closing to the public) in a building with intent to commit a crime (as a felony)

Note: The crime of burglary was originally defined under the common law to protect people, since there were other laws (as those defining larceny and trespass) that protected property. State laws have broadened the common-law crime. Entering at night is often no longer required and may be considered an aggravating factor. The building may be something other than a dwelling, such as a store or pharmacy. Some states (as Louisiana) have included vehicles under their burglary statute. There are degrees of burglary, and some of the usual aggravating factors are the presence of people and use of a deadly weapon.

Other Words from burglary

burglarious \ ˌbər-​ˈglar-​ē-​əs How to pronounce burglarious (audio) \ adjective

History and Etymology for burglary

Anglo-French burglarie, modification of Medieval Latin burgaria, from burgare to break into (a house)

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