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burglary Line breaks: burg|lary
Pronunciation: /ˈbəːɡləri/

Definition of burglary in English:

noun (plural burglaries)

[mass noun]
Illegal entry of a building with intent to commit a crime, especially theft: a two-year sentence for burglary [count noun]: 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.

In English law before 1968, burglary was a crime under statute and in common law; since 1968 it has been a statutory crime only. See also housebreaking


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

Words that rhyme with burglary

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