burglar

noun
bur·​glar | \ ˈbər-glər also -gə-lər \

Definition of burglar

: one who commits burglary

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In their absence, Kevin is forced to keep himself alive and protect his gigantic home from two pesky burglars. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "The Best Christmas Movies to Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 26 Nov. 2018 Now, the Mirror reports, David and Victoria's home has been targeted a second time by burglars. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "David and Victoria Beckham's £6 Million Cotswolds Home Was Targeted by Burglars Twice in a Single Month," 25 Nov. 2018 According to Baltimore County Police, burglars broke into a house in the 900 block of Old Oak Road May 15 at 4:46 p.m. by using rocks to smash the back window. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Stoneleigh break-in propels community to reactivate COP program," 17 May 2018 In at least eight incidents since Jan. 15, burglars have broken into the vacant homes and taken appliances from inside, police said. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "Police warn of vacant home burglaries on Far South Side," 4 Feb. 2018 David and Victoria Beckham's country estate in the Cotswolds has been the target of burglars not just once, but twice in the span of a month. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "David and Victoria Beckham's £6 Million Cotswolds Home Was Targeted by Burglars Twice in a Single Month," 25 Nov. 2018 Five months after Charley disappeared, Joseph Douglas and William Mosher, a couple of smalltime burglars, were shot while robbing a house on Long Island. PEOPLE.com, "PEOPLE Explains: Infamous Kidnappings Throughout History," 23 May 2018 Leaving a mess behind also is typical of many burglars. OregonLive.com, "Big jump in business break-ins pushes Portland police to fight back," 20 Apr. 2018 No description of any of the burglars was available from police. Peter Nickeas, chicagotribune.com, "Burglaries reported across Northwest Side," 3 Apr. 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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burglar

noun

English Language Learners Definition of burglar

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

burglar

noun
bur·​glar | \ ˈbər-glər \

Kids Definition of burglar

: a person who commits burglary

burglar

noun
bur·​glar | \ ˈbər-glər \

Legal Definition of burglar

: a person who commits a burglary

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