bur·​glar ˈbər-glər How to pronounce burglar (audio)
 also  -gə-lər
: one who commits burglary

Examples of burglar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But burglars have targeted the alley three times in the past year, property manager Danny Paredes told ABC7 News. Kate Talerico, The Mercury News, 2 Mar. 2024 In each case, officials said the burglars attempted to conceal their identities by tampering with home-surveillance cameras — sometimes using spray paint. Olivia Diaz, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 Officials and crime experts said the operation appears to have been highly sophisticated, with the burglars making off with what sources estimate was between $20 million and $30 million. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2024 The burglars also took a sledgehammer to an elevator door, perhaps thinking a safe was behind it, Balakrishna Sundar said. Josh Campbell, CNN, 5 Apr. 2024 The burglars are believed to have broken into the facility either through the side of the building or the roof before cracking the vault without setting off any alarms. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 4 Apr. 2024 The burglars managed to break into the money storage facility completely undetected on Sunday, law enforcement sources said, noting that the first report of the theft was Monday morning. Leah Sarnoff, ABC News, 4 Apr. 2024 Police also speculated that the burglars used at least two vehicles to steal the toilet. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2024 Investigators have looked at all manner of burglars and art thieves and dismissed all sorts of theories. Tom Mashberg, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1541, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of burglar was in 1541

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Cite this Entry

“Burglar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burglar. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


bur·​glar ˈbər-glər How to pronounce burglar (audio)
: a person who commits burglary

Legal Definition


bur·​glar ˈbər-glər How to pronounce burglar (audio)
: a person who commits a burglary
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