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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Villains Two would-be burglars uncover a suburban couple’s twisted secret. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "New movies in L.A. this week: Brad Pitt in ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ and more," 15 Sep. 2019 The two alleged burglars then went to a bedroom and began ransacking it in search of valuables to steal. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend County Sheriff: Burglary suspects may be linked to other Sienna Plantation, Riverstone burglaries," 11 Sep. 2019 The tools are often used by burglars to smash windows. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "Palo Alto: 2 arrested in Stanford mall automobile burglaries," 15 Aug. 2019 While crime isn’t funny, this Bobcat burglar handed us these bloopers on a silver platter. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Columbus police release video showing clumsy ‘Bobcat’ burglar stumbling through Dollar General," 14 Aug. 2019 Culkin, who famously starred as burglar-outsmarting prankster Kevin McAllister in the ’90s Christmas classic, took to Twitter to share a hilarious photo of what his real-life version of Home Alone looks like these days. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "At Least Macaulay Culkin's Take on the Home Alone Reboot Has a Festive Touch," 8 Aug. 2019 In 1972, President Nixon’s eventual downfall began with the arrest of five burglars inside the Democratic headquarters in Washington, D.C.’s Watergate complex. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 17 June 2019 On this day, June 17 … 1972: President Richard Nixon's eventual downfall begins with the arrest of five burglars inside the Democratic headquarters in Washington, D.C.'s Watergate complex. Fox News, "This Day in History: June 17," 17 June 2019 This was followed by a coverup orchestrated by the Nixon administration, including the president himself, which included hush-money payments to the burglars and efforts to obstruct the FBI’s investigation. Karl Rove, WSJ, "John Dean’s Watergate Business Model," 12 June 2019

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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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