burglar

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Etymology[edit]

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, *burgiją (borough, watch-tower), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerǵʰ- (high, heights). The -l- may have been inserted under influence from Latin latro (thief).

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burglar (plural burglars)

  1. A thief who steals from premises.
    The burglar made off with a large diamond from the museum.

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