Definition of burglar in English:

burglar

noun

  • A person who commits burglary.

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

/ˈbərɡlər//ˈbərɡlər/