A burglar breaking into a house.
A person who breaks into a house to steal a TV is an example of a burglar.
Origin of burglarAnglo-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
Origin of burglarAnglo-Norman burgler (alteration of burgesur, probably from Old French burg, borough) and Medieval Latin burgul&amacron;tor (alteration of burg&amacron;tor, from burg&amacron;re, to commit burglary in, from Late Latin burgus, fortified town), both of Germanic origin; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A thief who steals from premises.
- The burglar made off with a large diamond from the museum.
Middle English, shortened from Middle English burgulator, from Medieval Latin (Anglo-Latin) burglātor, from Old French burgeor (“burglar”), from Medieval Latin burgātor (“burglar”), from burgāre (“to commit burglary”), from Late Latin burgus (“fortified town”), probably from Frankish *burg (“fortress”), from Proto-Germanic *burgz, *burgiją (“borough, watch-tower”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhergh2- (“high, heights”). The -l- may have been inserted under influence from Latin latro (“thief”).
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