bur·​glar | \ ˈbər-glər also -gə-lər How to pronounce burglar (audio) \

Definition of burglar

: one who commits burglary

Examples of burglar in a Sentence

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Bella Thorne was on the receiving end of everyone's worst nightmare on Tuesday evening, when a burglar reportedly tried to gain entry into her Los Angeles home. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne Reportedly Victim of Attempted Robbery," 22 Aug. 2018 Law enforcement officials reported that cash, equipment and parts were missing from the TV Lab store in the 900 block of Foothill Boulevard after a burglar cut a hole in the building’s roof and used a ladder to descend into the shop. Carol Cormaci, latimes.com, "La Cañada History: Family Swim Nights popular at Indian Springs 60 years ago this month," 2 July 2018 Long Beach police arrested two suspected burglars who barricaded themselves in a tented home Wednesday morning, authorities said. Hailey Branson-potts, latimes.com, "Long Beach police arrest suspects after barricade situation in tented home," 16 May 2018 Investigators have identified Trevor Chase, 42, as the suspected burglar, according to JPSO spokesman Glen Boyd. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Police search for woman accused of pulling knife during argument," 4 Apr. 2018 Bullets tore through Keith Macey's chest and back when a suspected burglar shot him, records show. Everton Bailey Jr., OregonLive.com, "Shooting reported in NE Portland," 21 Mar. 2018 Several videos on YouTube demonstrate the ease with which burglars can jack up a vehicle, pry away the converter and be gone in a matter of minutes. David Hodari, WSJ, "Thieves Mine Catalytic Converters for Metal More Valuable Than Gold," 10 Feb. 2019 No shots were fired, and the burglar made off with equipment and tools. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "Former Belle Chasse firefighter now accused of stealing from 2 fire stations: PPSO," 2 Mar. 2018 Buy Photo Three decades ago, Joseph Kindler was a serial burglar convicted of murder after tossing a potential witness into the Delaware River with a concrete block tied around his neck. Chris Palmer, Philly.com, "A 1982 murder, a capital sentence, two escapes and now, a reprieve from death row," 1 Mar. 2018

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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

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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 How to pronounce burglar (audio) \

Kids Definition of burglar

: a person who commits burglary


bur·​glar | \ ˈbər-glər How to pronounce burglar (audio) \

Legal Definition of burglar

: a person who commits a burglary

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