Meaning of “burglar” in the English Dictionary

"burglar" in English

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burglarnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbɜː.ɡlər/ us /ˈbɝː.ɡlɚ/

Examples from literature

  • A half dozen burglars or other active criminals in a town will produce the impression that a large portion of the population are law breakers. 
  • And the burglar, helping himself to another silver tea-pot, continued his lucrative work. 
  • Burglars are wicked men, and thieves and robbers. 
  • He was a professional burglar—but then he got on in years. 
  • Shortly afterward the house was entered by burglars who made a good haul, while the big dog slept. 

(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)