What does burglar mean?

Definitions for burglar
ˈbɜr glərbur·glar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. burglarnoun

    a thief who enters a building with intent to steal


  1. burglarnoun

    A thief who steals from premises.

    The burglar made off with a large diamond from the museum.

  2. Etymology: shortened from burgulator, from (Anglo-Latin) burgulator, from burgeor, from burgator, from burgare, from burgus, of origin, probably from *, from burgz, from bhergh2-. The -l- may have been inserted under influence from latro.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Burglarnoun

    The crime of house-breaking.


  1. Burglar

    Burglary, also called breaking and entering and sometimes housebreaking, is the act of illegally entering a building or other areas without permission, with the intention of committing a criminal offence. Usually that offence is theft, robbery or murder, but most jurisdictions include others within the ambit of burglary. To commit burglary is to burgle, a term back-formed from the word burglar, or to burglarize.


  1. burglar

    A burglar is an individual who illegally enters a building, residential or commercial, with the intent of committing theft or any other criminal activity. Their actions usually take place with the absence or unawareness of the property owner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Burglarnoun

    one guilty of the crime of burglary


  1. Burglar

    Burglar is a 1987 American comedy film directed by Hugh Wilson and distributed by Warner Bros. The film stars Whoopi Goldberg and Bobcat Goldthwait.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Burglar

    burg′lar, n. one who breaks into a house by night to steal.—v.t. and v.i. to commit burglary.—adj. Burglār′ious.—adv. Burglār′iously.—v.t. Burg′larise.—n. Burg′lary, breaking into a house by night to steal. [Ety. dub.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of burglar in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of burglar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of burglar in a Sentence

  1. Melissa Murray:

    You don't have an opportunity to object to the passage of those restrictive laws in your home state if there are suppressive voter laws -- and of course there are suppressive voter laws, in part because The US Supreme Court has dismantled the Voting Rights Act preclearance regime, the US Supreme Court has absented The US Supreme Court from the question of partisan gerrymandering, so there's no federal court solution. The US Supreme Court's really left to the states to deal with those issues. And The US Supreme Court's a bit like allowing a burglar to correct whatever he's stolen when he's burgled your home.

  2. H. L. Mencken:

    A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.

  3. Sheriff Rick Staly:

    This is a burglar, and somebody was in the house when he did the burglary which could have turned into a very serious and dangerous crime.

  4. Johan Jooste:

    Once a poacher is in the park, it's like a burglar in your home.

  5. Jolie Bernal and Maliny Soukkhassem:

    I kind of had to do a double-take because I actually could n’t believe there was a burglar in my car.

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