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

Definition of burglar

: one who commits burglary

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Long Beach police arrested two suspected burglars who barricaded themselves in a tented home Wednesday morning, authorities said. Hailey Branson-potts, latimes.com, "Long Beach police arrest suspects after barricade situation in tented home," 16 May 2018 Investigators have identified Trevor Chase, 42, as the suspected burglar, according to JPSO spokesman Glen Boyd. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Police search for woman accused of pulling knife during argument," 4 Apr. 2018 Bullets tore through Keith Macey's chest and back when a suspected burglar shot him, records show. Everton Bailey Jr., OregonLive.com, "Shooting reported in NE Portland," 21 Mar. 2018 Several videos on YouTube demonstrate the ease with which burglars can jack up a vehicle, pry away the converter and be gone in a matter of minutes. David Hodari, WSJ, "Thieves Mine Catalytic Converters for Metal More Valuable Than Gold," 10 Feb. 2019 No shots were fired, and the burglar made off with equipment and tools. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "Former Belle Chasse firefighter now accused of stealing from 2 fire stations: PPSO," 2 Mar. 2018 Buy Photo Three decades ago, Joseph Kindler was a serial burglar convicted of murder after tossing a potential witness into the Delaware River with a concrete block tied around his neck. Chris Palmer, Philly.com, "A 1982 murder, a capital sentence, two escapes and now, a reprieve from death row," 1 Mar. 2018 According to the police, the burglars made off with several pieces of jewelry valued at approximately $165,000 total. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Thief Steals Nearly $165,000 Worth of Jewelry from John Stamos' Fiancée Day Before Wedding," 3 Feb. 2018 In their absence, Kevin is forced to keep himself alive and protect his gigantic home from two pesky burglars. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "The Best Christmas Movies to Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 26 Nov. 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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