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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Anglo-French
Origin: burgler, from Medieval Latin burglator, from burgare 'to burgle', from Latin burgus 'defended place'

burglar

noun
     
bur‧glar [countable]
someone who goes into houses, shops etc to steal things [↪ robber, thief] cat burglar
WORD FOCUS: crime WORD FOCUS: crime
crimes that involve stealing things: robbery, burglary, theft, shoplifting, fraud, carjacking

crimes that involve attacking people : assault, mugging, murder, rape

someone who commits crimes: criminal, thief, crook, burglar, mugger, robber, pickpocket, rapist, offender, lawbreaker
crime

See also
crime

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