Definition of burglar noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbɜːɡlə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrɡlər//
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a person who enters a building illegally in order to steal Burglars broke into the gallery and stole dozens of priceless paintings. See related entries: Criminals Word Originmid 16th cent.: from legal French burgler or Anglo-Latin burgulator, burglator; related to Old French burgier ‘pillage’.Extra examples Burglars had already struck twice that week in their street. Police are hunting burglars who stole property worth £3 500. The burglar had broken in through a window.
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