Definition of burglary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbərɡlərē/

noun (plural burglaries)

Entry into a building illegally with intent to commit a crime, especially theft: a two-year sentence for burglary a series of burglaries
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  • Drink is also a significant factor in street crime, burglaries and theft.
  • 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.


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

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Syllabification: bur·gla·ry

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