Burglar definition

bûrglər
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A person who commits burglary.
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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.

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An individual who commits burglary.
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A thief who steals from premises.

The burglar made off with a large diamond from the museum.

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One who commits burglary.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
burglar
Plural:
burglars

Origin of burglar

  • Anglo-Norman burgler (alteration of burgesur) (probably from Old French burg borough) Medieval Latin burgulātor (alteration of burgātor) (from burgāre to commit burglary in) (from Late Latin burgus fortified town) both of Germanic origin bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary