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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Norfolk Southern Railway — who, along with the Chicago Police Department, planted the truck in question — later apologized and dropped all associated burglary charges. Caitlin Wolper, Teen Vogue, "Vic Mensa Gave Away 10,000 Shoes During an Anti-Bait Truck Event in Chicago," 28 Aug. 2018 The burglary charges resulted from the suspects entering a garage and allegedly trying to steal another car while deputies were searching the area. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Teens lead deputies on a wild car chase in stolen vehicles — one caught hiding in a tree," 23 June 2018 Carroll and Hickman were also wanted on separate, earlier warrants — Hickman on meth, grand larceny and burglary charges, according to the sheriff’s office. Jared Gilmour, charlotteobserver, "Murder plot triggered a manhunt. Fugitives’ blunder was asking to use locals’ phones, Va. cops say," 20 June 2018 Rodriguez was arrested on felony murder and burglary charges. David Harris, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Suspect arrested in fatal home invasion shooting," 14 June 2018 Texas prison records show that Damon Perry remains in Texas, incarcerated for burglary charges. Robert A. Cronkleton And Joe Robertson, kansascity, "Lives collide: Victims in car, Jeep shattered after flight from Independence police," 4 June 2018 In less than two years, an astonishing number of 120 burglaries took place in the tiny town of Visalia, California - about midway between the two hubs of the Golden State Killer's later sprees, Sacramento and Los Angeles. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Georgia cop fired after he ran over fleeing suspect with his car," 3 June 2018 In less than two years, an astonishing number of 120 burglaries took place in the tiny town of Visalia, Calif. — about midway between the two hubs of the Golden State Killer’s later sprees, Sacramento and Los Angeles. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "The most disturbing parts of the 171-page warrants for the Golden State Killer suspect," 2 June 2018 Seventeen people were allegedly involved in the burglary ring: seven were arrested earlier this week, one is detained, and the remaining are still at large. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Seventeen charged in Apple theft ring that stole $1 million in merchandise," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of burglary

circa 1523, in the meaning defined above

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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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