bur·glar | \ˈbər-glər also -gə-lər \

Definition of burglar 

: one who commits burglary

Examples of burglar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

More than four burglars shattered through the door of the gas station convenience store and took the ATM cash box, according to Metro Video. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Cash box stolen at Memorial convenience store," 13 July 2018 Related stories from Miami Herald This cop’s body cam captures harrowing rescue of disabled woman trapped by wildfires A police dog was hunting burglars. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Exploding home shook houses for miles. Cries under rubble led to a dramatic rescue, video shows," 25 June 2018 One burglar is described as having a dark shirt over his face, and wearing a red T-shirt, dark pants, white gloves and black and white Nike shoes. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two break-ins at West Allis T-Mobile likely linked to similar burglary in Wauwatosa, police say," 25 June 2018 The tolerance number narrows to 0.0001 in chapter two with the advent of machines for making burglar-proof door locks. Dava Sobel, WSJ, "‘The Perfectionists’ Review: Two Cheers for Exactitude," 3 May 2018 On March 27, a white trespassing suspect stabbed Turkey Creek Police Chief Robert Glen Leggett in the face and neck and, like the Metairie car burglar, was brought in alive. Littice Bacon-blood, NOLA.com, "Vigil to mark Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy Wednesday," 4 Apr. 2018 According to Chula Vista police, burglars entered an unlocked front door and took cash and credit cards. Gary Warth, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Photos released of Chula Vista burglary suspects," 2 Apr. 2018 More: Why escape rooms have a lock on the U.S. Call records indicate the burglar, identified by police as 40-year-old Rye Wardlaw, called 911 from the escape room business four times, The Columbian reports. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Robber breaks into escape room. Then, calls 911 because he can't get out," 13 July 2018 District Two detective Gina Scott is asking for help from the community to identify the burglar, who was caught on camera during a burglary on July 2 on Marburg Avenue. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Crime update: Oakley serial burglar caught on camera," 10 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'burglar.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of burglar

1541, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for burglar

Anglo-French burgler, from Medieval Latin burglator, probably alteration of burgator, from burgare to commit burglary

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about burglar

Phrases Related to burglar

burglar alarm

Statistics for burglar

Last Updated

7 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for burglar

The first known use of burglar was in 1541

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for burglar



English Language Learners Definition of burglar

: a person who illegally enters a building in order to steal things : a person who commits burglary


bur·glar | \ˈbər-glər \

Kids Definition of burglar

: a person who commits burglary


bur·glar | \ˈbər-glər \

Legal Definition of burglar 

: a person who commits a burglary

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on burglar

Spanish Central: Translation of burglar

Nglish: Translation of burglar for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of burglar for Arabic Speakers

Comments on burglar

What made you want to look up burglar? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


required by fashion, etiquette, or custom

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!