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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