noun Etymology: Anglo-French burgler, from Medieval Latin burglator, probably alteration of burgator, from burgare to commit burglary Date: 1541 one who commits burglary

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  • burglar — 1540s, shortened from M.E. burgulator, from Anglo L. burglator (late 13c.), from O.Fr. burgeor burglar, from M.L. burgator burglar, from burgare to break open, commit burglary, from L. burgus fortress, castle, a Gmc. loan word akin to BOROUGH (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • Burglar — Bur glar, n. [OE. burg town, F. bourg, fr. LL. burgus (of German origin) + OF. lere thief, fr. L. latro. See {Borough}, and {Larceny}.] (Law) One guilty of the crime of burglary. [1913 Webster] {Burglar alarm}, a device for giving alarm if a door …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • burglar — UK US /ˈbɜːglər/ noun [C] ► LAW a person who illegally enters buildings and steals things: »The burglar had taken a laptop on which highly sensitive information was stored …   Financial and business terms

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  • burglar — [bʉr′glər] n. [Anglo L burglator, altered by assoc. with L latro, thief (orig., hired servant < Gr latris: see LATRY) < OFr burgeor, burglar; ult. < LL burgus: see BOURGEOIS] a person who commits burglary …   English World dictionary

  • burglar — thief, robber (see under THEFT) Analogous words: stealer, pilferer, filcher, purloiner (see corresponding verbs at STEAL): plunderer, looter, rifler (see corresponding verbs at ROB) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • burglar — ► NOUN ▪ a person who commits burglary. ORIGIN from Old French burgier pillage …   English terms dictionary

  • Burglar — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel: Die diebische Elster Originaltitel: Burglar Produktionsland: USA, Kanada Erscheinungsjahr: 1987 Länge: 100 Minuten Originalsprache: Englis …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • burglar — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ professional (BrE) ▪ cat ▪ suspected (BrE) VERB + BURGLAR ▪ catch ▪ hunt …   Collocations dictionary

  • burglar —    In One Hundred Dollar Misunder standing, by Robert Gover, a young American tells a prostitute that he is a burglar, meaning to impress her. She responds by addressing him as ‘burglar’, or ‘Mister Burglar’: ‘I ain got nothin fer you t’take jes… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

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