What does burglary mean?

Definitions for burglary
ˈbɜr glə ribur·gla·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. burglarynoun

    entering a building unlawfully with intent to commit a felony or to steal valuable property


  1. burglarynoun

    The crime of unlawfully breaking into a vehicle, house, store, or other enclosure with the intent to steal.

  2. burglarynoun

    Under the common law, breaking and entering of the dwelling of another at night with the intent to commit a felony.

  3. burglarynoun

    Under the Model Penal Code, entering a building or occupied structure with purpose to commit a crime therein, unless the premises are at the time open to the public or the actor is licensed or privileged to enter. Model Penal Code u00A7 221.1.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BURGLARYnoun

    In the natural signification of the word, is nothing but the robbing of a house: but as it is a term of art, our common lawyers restrain it to robbing a house by night, or breaking in with an intent to rob, or do some other felony. The like offence committed by day, they call house-robbing, by a peculiar name. John Cowell

    Etymology: from burg, a house, and larron, a thief.

    What say you, father? Burglary is but a venial sin among soldiers. John Dryden, Spanish Friar.


  1. Burglary

    Burglary, also called breaking and entering and sometimes housebreaking, is the act of entering a building or other areas without permission, with the intention of committing a criminal offence. Usually that offence is theft, robbery or murder, but most jurisdictions include others within the ambit of burglary. To commit burglary is to burgle, a term back-formed from the word burglar, or to burglarize.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Burglarynoun

    breaking and entering the dwelling house of another, in the nighttime, with intent to commit a felony therein, whether the felonious purpose be accomplished or not


  1. Burglary

    Burglary is a crime, the essence of which is illegal entry into a building for the purposes of committing an offence. Usually that offence will be theft, but most jurisdictions specify others which fall within the ambit of burglary. To engage in the act of burglary is to burgle or to burglarize.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of burglary in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of burglary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of burglary in a Sentence

  1. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez:

    It appears they were committing some type of home invasion or burglary, crime doesn't pay. Eventually you are going to end up dead or in jail.

  2. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg:

    I’ve had multiple colleagues mugged at gunpoint, i’ve had a colleague stabbed on the way to work. Countless issues of burglary.

  3. Franklin Hogue:

    Greg McMichael was absolutely sure this was the guy, the same guy he had seen on surveillance video inside a house where Greg had sound reasons to believe theft had occurred, burglary.

  4. Zoe Lofgren:

    The president -- President Nixon's misconduct related to trying to use the levers of government to hide the Watergate burglary... President Trump misconduct had to do with trying to throw the election but at least it didn't involve involving other foreign nations, if you take a look at the -- what the founding fathers were concerned about, it was the interference by foreign governments in our political system that was one of the gravest concerns. Nixon's behavior didn't fall into that range. So in that way, this conduct is more serious.

  5. Deputy Chief Melron Kelly:

    Columbia Police know that young people can get their hands on a gun very quickly, most through a burglary or someone that left their car unlocked, the availability of guns is just terrible.

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