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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The alleged burglar, who had a dog with him, then started to walk away from police, and the two officers attempted to immmobilize him with a stun gun. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Report: Detroit police shoot, kill dog during alleged burglar's arrest," 25 July 2019 Two burglars broke into a business June 11 in the 3500 block of Business Center Drive, police said. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland police arrest 6 on DWI charges," 28 June 2019 On May 28, 1972, burglars broke into the Watergate Hotel. Keith Sharon, The Mercury News, "The man who stayed late: The Watergate story you’ve never heard," 17 June 2019 ATF Operation Ripped Off The operation ran into more trouble in October, when burglars broke into the building housing Fearless and cleaned out the ATF operation. Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "ATF's Milwaukee sting operation was marred by mistakes, failures," 11 June 2019 The burglars, three or four men and possibly two women, wear gloves and hoods and cover their faces. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Marijuana burglary ring, using stolen Jeeps, sought by Denver police," 7 June 2019 Armed with what looks like a concrete block, a burglar is seen on surveillance video trying to break into three businesses in Wilton Manors and police hope someone will recognize and report him. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Brick-tossing burglar sought for 3 business break-ins, police say," 28 June 2019 At the height of the panic, a homeowner did kill a burglar. Tribune News Service, oregonlive.com, "The Man in the Window: The attacker lingered in houses as he raped, tortured women (Part Three)," 23 June 2019 Burglary, Chagrin River Road: At 5:05 p.m. April 1, it was reported that a burglar stole several guns and a computer from a home. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Refugee arrested for sexual imposition: Solon police blotter," 5 Apr. 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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