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.


  1. burglary

    Burglary is a criminal act defined as the illegal entry into a building or property with the intent to commit a crime, such as theft, vandalism, or harm to the occupants. This unlawful act can occur at any time, day or night, and typically involves trespassing or breaking and entering without the owner's permission. The specific legal definitions and penalties for burglary can vary based on jurisdiction.

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. Larry Hobbs:

    This was a burglary apparently.

  2. 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.

  3. Betsy Brantner-Smith:

    As a police officer for 29 years, I did everything from, dealt with mentally ill people … to negotiating people into letting their hostages go and talking to people out of killing themselves and delivering a baby, and tasering somebody 30 years younger than me through a neighborhood who just committed a burglary, and everything in between, in today's atmosphere, [there is] the expectation that police officers are going to have so much more specialty training, especially when we're talking about mental illness and and utilization of various different kinds of weapons and making sure that we're always exactly within policy and things like that.

  4. Finley Peter Dunne:

    A man's idea in a game of cards is war, cruel, devastating, and pitiless. A lady's idea of it is a combination of larceny, embezzlement and burglary.

  5. 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.

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