AskDefine | Define burglar

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burglar n : a thief who enters a building with intent to steal

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From Middle English burgulator < Anglo-Norman burglātor < Old French burgeor (burglar) < Medieval Latin burgātor (burglar) < burgāre (to commit burglary) < Late Latin burgus (fortified town) < Germanic * burgs (fortress) < Proto-Indo-European * bhergh2- (high, heights). The -l- may have been inserted under influence from Latin latro (thief).


  1. A thief who steals from premises.
    The burglar made off with a large diamond from the museum.

See also


thief who steals from premises
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