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 burglariesMore example sentences
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
- 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).