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

Definition of burglar

: one who commits burglary

Examples of burglar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His identity as the Paradise Island burglar is about to be revealed to Ward, but quick-thinking Sarah turns on the sprinklers causing the cop’s phone to get wet. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 4 Aug. 2021 An armed homeowner in Texas and his dog fended off a burglar who attempted to break into his home early Monday, authorities said. Fox News, 16 Aug. 2021 DeVito said the burglar was seen driving a black Chevy Cruze. Hojun Choi, Dallas News, 24 Aug. 2021 The burglar then ran west along the building and then north down a driveway between Eagle Sports Range and Driven Auto. Daily Southtown Staff, chicagotribune.com, 10 Aug. 2021 Plano Police are searching for a burglar who cut the lock on a storage room at a facility in the 500 block of North Avenue and used a dolly to cart away several items inside. Teri Webster, Dallas News, 26 July 2021 Cauich was known at the police department as a prolific burglar with a long criminal record, and had only been released from jail the previous week after being charged with another burglary. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 June 2021 The officer was shot in the chest and thigh, according to Moore, while the burglar sustained gunshot wounds to his arm, shoulder and leg. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2021 The burglar entered the unit via an unlocked patio door and stole costume jewelry and a pack of cigarettes. cleveland, 10 June 2021

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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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The first known use of burglar was in 1541

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15 Oct 2021

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“Burglar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burglar. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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