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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