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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Lavinia the badger has a problem: A burglar is plundering her vegetable garden. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Clickety-Clackety Abracadabra!," 3 Aug. 2018 Morgan was arrested for calling 911 saying burglars were in his house when in fact authorities were conducting a welfare check on Lee. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Stan Lee files restraining order for elder abuse against former business manager," 13 June 2018 Two dogs, a door with three deadbolt locks and a video surveillance system were not enough to stop a brazen burglar from kicking in the back door of a Glendale home in broad daylight on Monday, May 7. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Glendale man whose house was broken into in broad daylight says burglar 'messed with the wrong house'," 10 May 2018 But weapons of war like the Bushmaster XM-15 or the high-capacity magazines used in mass killings from Orlando to Las Vegas aren’t for hunting deer or confronting a burglar. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "Waffle House tragedy shows us how to curb mass killings. Will anyone listen? | Will Bunch," 24 Apr. 2018 Surveillance video caught a burglar slipping into an Italian Pie restaurant via an unlocked side door and stealing cash, as well as office paperwork Monday night (Feb. 19), according to the New Orleans Police Department. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "Video shows burglary at Italian Pie on Paris Avenue: NOPD," 22 Feb. 2018 No one was hurt by the bullet a Kane County sheriff's deputy fired during the struggle to apprehend a burglar inside a Big Rock Township home, according to reports. Hannah Leone, Aurora Beacon-News, "Kane sheriff asks judge to toss review request by lieutenant who says he was suspended for political reasons," 7 Feb. 2018 Burglary, Parma Park: On Jan. 12, police were dispatched to a Parma Park home after a resident confronted a burglar. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Drunk driver arrested after causing accident with police car: Parma Heights Police Blotter," 18 Jan. 2018 The trio of would-be burglars busted in through the roof of Cash America Pawn at East Crosstimbers and Fulton just after 4 a.m., according to Houston police. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "3 arrested after breaking in through pawn shop roof in north Houston," 13 May 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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