- The definition of a burglary is breaking into a house or other building to commit theft or another crime.
An example of burglary is someone breaking the lock on the back door of your house and stealing your television.
A man commiting a burglary.
burglary definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. burglaries
- the act of breaking into a house at night to commit theft or other felony
- the act of breaking into any building at any time to commit theft, some other felony, or a misdemeanor
Origin: burglar plush -y
burglary definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
noun pl. bur·gla·ries
The act of entering a building or other premises with the intent to commit theft.
burglary - Legal Definition
The common-law offense of forcibly entering a dwelling at night to commit a felony therein.