- 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.
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 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.
- 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”).
burglar - Legal Definition