Definition of burglar in English:

Share this entry

burglar

Pronunciation: /ˈbərɡlər/

noun

A person who commits burglary.
Example sentences
  • A pioneering scheme to gate off alleys to burglars and thieves could be on its way to parts of central York.
  • Police are to target crime hotspots in the Keighley division to purge the streets of robbers and burglars.
  • Please be warned that a group or groups of burglars and thieves are in the area.
Synonyms

Derivatives

burglarious

Pronunciation: /ˌbərˈɡlerēəs/
adjective
( archaic)
Example sentences
  • While the offence of burglary was complete upon crossing the threshold, the Court held that the unlawful act comprised the whole of the burglarious intrusion.
  • The trial court sentenced Latimer to ten years for the burglary and two years for the possession of burglarious tools.
  • Officers were able to recover a laptop stolen from the car from the suspect as well as a screwdriver used by him as a burglarious tool.

Origin

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

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.