Definition of burglary in US English:

burglary

nounPlural burglaries

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

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