- burglary bur‧glar‧y [ˈbɜːgləri ǁ ˈbɜːr-] noun burglaries PLURALFORM [countable, uncountable] LAWthe crime of entering a building illegally and stealing things:
• The figures show that household burglary rose by 17%.
* * *burglary UK US /ˈbɜːgləri/ noun [C or U] (plural burglaries)► LAW the crime of illegally entering a building and stealing things: »
The maximum jail sentence for aggravated burglary is 14 years.»
Insurers are getting tougher on customers who make claims after burglaries.
Financial and business terms. 2012.