Definition of burglary in English:

burglary

noun

  • Entry into a building illegally with intent to commit a crime, especially theft.

    ‘a two-year sentence for burglary’
    ‘a series of burglaries’
    • ‘Along with stamping out burglaries and thefts, a heavy emphasis is put on personal safety.’
    • ‘He also pleaded guilty to another two counts of burglary and an attempted burglary.’
    • ‘Last week, year-on-year figures showed slight rises in street crime and burglaries.’
    • ‘A while ago I found out that they'd caught the guy who committed the burglary on my flat at the end of last year.’
    • ‘The theft of a water company's van has sparked fears it might be used to commit distraction burglaries.’
    • ‘These offenders have recently been found guilty of a number of burglaries and car thefts.’
    • ‘But three weeks after his release, he was dealing in heroin and committing burglaries.’
    • ‘The police suspect one man committed the four burglaries on New Year's Day.’
    • ‘Apart from the burglary figures, crime as a whole was on the decrease, according to Insp Jones.’
    • ‘Other crimes such as burglaries and thefts from cars had decreased, he added.’
    • ‘He also faces charges of conspiracy to commit burglaries and steal motor vehicles in West Yorkshire.’
    • ‘Arrests were made for a variety of offences including burglary, theft and public order.’
    • ‘Drink is also a significant factor in street crime, burglaries and theft.’
    • ‘Five months later, she cashed two other benefit books after they were stolen in a burglary.’
    • ‘The number of burglaries, thefts from cars and violent crimes dropped in the Western Bay.’
    • ‘As a result he will urge that crime prevention is focused on routine crimes such as theft and burglary.’
    • ‘An offshoot of these visits can be burglaries and theft of garden equipment and power tools.’
    • ‘Police say the problem has a direct impact on pushing up burglaries, robberies and thefts.’
    • ‘The court heard he began committing burglaries at the age of 13 and first targeted churches ten years ago.’
    • ‘Police say all the property has been stolen in either burglaries or robberies.’
    housebreaking, breaking and entering, breaking in, forced entry, theft, thieving, stealing, robbery, robbing, larceny, thievery, pilfering, pilferage, looting
    break-in, theft, robbery, raid, hold-up
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Origin

Early 16th century: from legal French burglarie, from burgler (see burglar).

Pronunciation

burglary

/ˈbərɡləri//ˈbərɡlərē/