burglary

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From New Latin burglaria. Equivalent to burglar +‎ -y. Displaced native Old English hūsbryċe (literally house-breach).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbɜː.ɡlə.ɹi/
    • (file)
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈbɝ.ɡlɚ.i/

Noun[edit]

burglary (countable and uncountable, plural burglaries)

  1. The crime of unlawfully breaking into a vehicle, house, store, or other enclosure with the intent to steal.
    1. (law) Under the common law, breaking and entering of the dwelling of another at night with the intent to commit a felony.
    2. (law, US) 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 § 221.1.

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