Meaning of “burglar” in the English Dictionary

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"burglar" in British English

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burglarnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbɜː.ɡlər/ us /ˈbɝː.ɡlɚ/

B2 a person who illegally enters buildings and steals things

Examples

  • It was brave of you to chase after the burglar.
  • No household security devices will protect you against the determined burglar.
  • The burglar had left his fingerprints all over the window.
  • The burglars disabled the alarm and used a glass cutter to break into the house.
  • The burglars have been arrested but the jewellery is still missing.

(Definition of “burglar” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"burglar" in American English

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burglarnoun [ C ]

us /ˈbɜr·ɡlər/

a person who illegally enters a building by force to steal things

(Definition of “burglar” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"burglar" in Business English

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burglarnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbɜːɡlər/ us

LAW a person who illegally enters buildings and steals things:

The burglar had taken a laptop on which highly sensitive information was stored.

(Definition of “burglar” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)