from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who commits burglary.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A felonious housebreaker; especially, one who commits robbery by breaking into a house in the night. See burglary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Law) One guilty of the crime of burglary.
  • noun a device for giving alarm if a door or window is opened from without.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A thief who steals from premises.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a thief who enters a building with intent to steal


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Anglo-Norman burgler (alteration of burgesur, probably from Old French burg, borough) and Medieval Latin burgulātor (alteration of burgātor, from burgāre, to commit burglary in, from Late Latin burgus, fortified town), both of Germanic origin; see bhergh- in Indo-European roots.]

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Middle English, shortened from Middle English burgulator, from Medieval Latin (Anglo-Latin) burglātor, from Old French burgeor ("burglar"), from Medieval Latin burgātor ("burglar"), from burgāre ("to commit burglary"), from Late Latin burgus ("fortified town"), probably from Frankish *burg (“fortress”), from Proto-Germanic *burgz, *burgijan (“borough, watch-tower”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhergh2- (“high, heights”). The -l- may have been inserted under influence from Latin latro ("thief").



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