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 In 2017, there was a DNA match from a 2009 cold case, in which a woman was raped by a burglar who had a weapon. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, "As Utah clears rape kit backlog, leaders say more reforms ahead," 10 Sep. 2020 What kind of burglar knows the code and has the dog? Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, "In her new book 'Just Us,' Claudia Rankine invites us all to talk about white privilege," 17 Sep. 2020 As long as that expensive ring was missing, Dave Tronnes could argue that a burglar had murdered Shanti. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Was a Florida man's obsession with a home renovation a motive for murder?," 12 Sep. 2020 The car burglar ran off after firing at the owner of the vehicle in question, police said. Ramon Antonio Vargas | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "NOPD searches for car burglar who fired gun at vehicle owner during confrontation," 10 Sep. 2020 So in theory, your new-age burglar better have working knowledge in software. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How Hackers Can Pick Your Locks Just By Listening," 10 Sep. 2020 He was exasperated when a burglar broke into the shop. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "Goodbye, ‘Mr. Love’: A beloved barber’s final bow," 6 Sep. 2020 In all, 25 units were entered, according to a police report, after the burglar severed the cable to the automatic front gate. Daily Southtown Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Southland crime: Burglars hit 25 units at storage facility in Oak Forest, more," 1 Sep. 2020 An officer then spotted a man matching the burglar’s description walking on Kane Street. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Hartford police: Booze burglar may have stolen from up to a half-dozen Parkville businesses," 26 Aug. 2020

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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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14 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Burglar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burglar. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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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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