Definition of burglary noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbɜːɡləri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrɡləri//
[uncountable, countable] (pl. burglaries) Types of crime
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the crime of entering a building illegally and stealing things from it synonym housebreaking The youth was charged with three counts of burglary. a rise in the number of burglaries committed in the area Audio equipment was stolen in a burglary at the mall. compare robbery, theft See related entries: Types of crime Word Originearly 16th cent.: from legal French burglarie, from burgler or Anglo-Latin burgulator, burglator; related to Old French burgier ‘pillage’.
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