burglar

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Borrowed from British Medieval Latin burglātor, from Old French burgeor (burglar), from Medieval Latin burgātor (burglar), from burgō (to commit burglary), from Late Latin burgus (fortified town), probably from Frankish *burg (fortress), from Proto-Germanic *burgz, *burgiją (borough, watch-tower). The -l- may have been inserted under influence from Latin latro (thief).

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burglar (plural burglars)

  1. A person who breaks in to premises with the intent of committing theft
    The burglar made off with a large diamond from the museum.

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burglar (third-person singular simple present burglars, present participle burglaring, simple past and past participle burglared)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To commit burglary; to burgle.
    • 1901, Emma Orczy, The Robbery in Phillimore Terrace
      The latter, with another constable, remained to watch the burglared premises both back and front, []

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