- The definition of a burglar is a person who enters a building or dwelling with the intent to steal something from inside.
A person who breaks into a house to steal a TV is an example of a burglar.
A burglar breaking into a house.
burglar definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Anglo-Latin burglator, altered by associated, association with Classical Latin latro, thief (orig., hired servant ; from Classical Greek latris: see -latry) ; from Old French burgeor, burglar; ultimately ; from Late Latin burgus: see bourgeois
burglar definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Anglo-Norman burgler (alteration of burgesur, probably from Old French burg, borough) and Medieval Latin burgulātor (alteration of burgātor, from burgāre, to commit burglary in, from Late Latin burgus, fortified town), both of Germanic origin; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots.
burglar - Legal Definition