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.
housebreaking, breaking and entering, breaking in, forced entry, theft, thieving, stealing, robbery, robbing, larceny, thievery, pilfering, pilferage, looting; trespassing
informal filchingbreak-in, theft, robbery, raid, hold-up
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).