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 Cherubs held candles before him, kneeling at this final feast before torturing burglars. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "Craving mac and cheese? Try our 7 favorites at these Dallas-area restaurants," 15 May 2020 If the attack on Ukraine represented something like all-out digital war, Russia’s hacking of the United States’ electoral system two years later was more like a burglar going house to house jangling doorknobs. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The 2016 Election Was Just a Dry Run," 11 May 2020 Gregory McMichael previously told police that Arbery looked like a burglar suspected of break-ins in the area. Abigail Rosenthal, Houston Chronicle, "Houston NAACP holding dedication run in honor of Ahmaud Arbery May 8," 8 May 2020 Young burglars are driven first by thrills, then by skills. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Findings," 27 Apr. 2020 And burglars recently made off with $250,000 worth of PPE in Hawaii. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "An Indiana hospital theft shows face masks and hand sanitizer are now as sought after as drugs," 27 Apr. 2020 Cooper was a career burglar who'd escaped from nearby prison and was on the run. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Kevin Cooper case: Could new developments help death row inmate's bid for freedom?," 21 Mar. 2020 But, at the end of December, a burglar backed a truck into the yard with the shipping containers, broke into one of them, and stole five crates of clothes from the label’s archives. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Telfar Clemens’s Mass Appeal," 9 Mar. 2020 Responding to a late-morning burglar alarm inside a home on Feb. 21, police spoke with the homeowner by phone and were told that at least one of his dogs has the ability to unlock doors inside the house. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Several ongoing mysteries solved, at least one to go: Hunting Valley Police Blotter," 28 Feb. 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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2 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Burglar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burglar. Accessed 2 Jun. 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


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Kids Definition of burglar

: a person who commits burglary


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Legal Definition of burglar

: a person who commits a burglary

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