Definition of burglar in English:

burglar

noun

  • A person who commits burglary.

    • ‘The police time now dedicated to the drug trade would be freed up to catch burglars, rapists and murderers.’
    • ‘Many burglars commit dozens, or even hundreds, of crimes before they're caught.’
    • ‘Robbers, burglars and drugs dealers will be first to fall under the spotlight, they said.’
    • ‘Going soft on burglars and car thieves, she added, was a slap in the face for their victims.’
    • ‘On last night's Question Time a girl said that all burglars and petty criminals should be shot.’
    • ‘Luckily they woke up when the window shattered, so the burglars got away empty handed.’
    • ‘Security footage of young burglars raiding a Cotswold church is being examined by police.’
    • ‘Police are to target crime hotspots in the Keighley division to purge the streets of robbers and burglars.’
    • ‘It was the second time in three months that a member of the public had foiled the habitual burglar's crimes.’
    • ‘If you think you have the right to assault a burglar, the burglar himself has a right of self-defence!’
    • ‘Please be warned that a group or groups of burglars and thieves are in the area.’
    • ‘Well, the two burglars got away with the jewels but not without a fight.’
    • ‘But to the victim of burglary the motivation of the burglar may well be of secondary interest.’
    • ‘Two policemen, chasing a burglar on foot, left their car open and his accomplice stole it.’
    • ‘Don't lump them in with the drug dealers and burglars deliberately cheating the state.’
    • ‘A pioneering scheme to gate off alleys to burglars and thieves could be on its way to parts of central York.’
    • ‘It is like making someone who has had their house burgled pay to keep the burglar in jail!’
    • ‘Instead he neglected his duty and the burglars got away with those crimes.’
    • ‘The crime spree has led victims from across the town to lose thousands of pounds in cash after being conned by burglars.’
    • ‘He said she refused to accept her son had killed his wife and still believed the couple had been murdered by burglars.’
    housebreaker, robber, cat burglar, raider, looter, pilferer, picklock, thief, sneak thief, safe-breaker, safe-blower, safe-cracker
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from legal French burgler or Anglo-Latin burgulator, burglator; related to Old French burgier ‘pillage’.

Pronunciation

burglar

/ˈbəːɡlə/