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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Sturridge, who most recently played for the Liverpool Football Club of the English Premier League, posted a video on his Instagram account early Tuesday saying burglars shattered a glass door on his property and stole his dog and four bags. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Soccer player Daniel Sturridge pleads for return of stolen dog: ‘I’ll pay anything’," 9 July 2019 Read more: In deadly gun store heist, burglars were warned cops were coming. Lynh Bui, Washington Post, "Fighting MS-13 on two fronts, federal prosecutors from El Salvador and Md. team on investigations," 1 July 2019 Washington County officials are warning residents to remove personal items from their cars after burglars this week used garage-door openers left in unlocked vehicles to gain access to several houses in Hugo. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Home burglary spree in Hugo leads to warning," 13 June 2019 The burglar apparently left a cellphone behind, which led police to Gardner, whom the victim described as a friend of 10 years. Bill Kurtz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "He saw money in his friend's room in a dream. When he woke up, he broke in to take it and a bath, police say.," 11 June 2019 According to police, the burglar left with three frozen pizzas and some ice cream. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Hungry thief steals 3 pizzas, ice cream from Maine church food pantry," 29 May 2018 But the non-smoker found something the burglars left behind: A cigarette butt. Carli Teproff, miamiherald, "A cigarette butt left on a bedroom floor landed a Florida woman in jail. | Miami Herald," 21 Jan. 2018 One of Portland’s most active burglars is headed back to prison after racking up his 43rd burglary conviction. oregonlive.com, "Portland man earns 43rd burglary conviction over nearly 50 years," 24 June 2019 Frost had reported Sunday night that burglars entered an unlocked garage door over the weekend and stole memorabilia originally estimated at more than $100,000. Eric Olson, The Seattle Times, "Some items found after theft from Nebraska coach’s home," 30 July 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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