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constable

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noun con·sta·ble \ˈkän(t)-stə-bəl, ˈkən(t)-\

Simple Definition of constable

  • : a public official whose job is similar to that of a police officer but who is elected or appointed rather than hired

Full Definition of constable

  1. 1 :  a high officer of a royal court or noble household especially in the Middle Ages

  2. 2 :  the warden or governor of a royal castle or a fortified town

  3. 3 a :  a public officer usually of a town or township responsible for keeping the peace and for minor judicial duties b chiefly British :  police officer; especially :  one ranking below sergeant

Examples of constable

  1. <reported the crime to the local constable>



Origin of constable

Middle English conestable, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin comes stabuli, literally, officer of the stable


First Known Use: 13th century


Constable

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biographical name Con·sta·ble \ˈkən(t)-stə-bəl, ˈkän(t)-\

Definition of Constable

  1. John 1776–1837 Eng. painter





CONSTABLE Defined for Kids

constable

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noun con·sta·ble \ˈkän-stə-bəl, ˈkən-\

Definition of constable

  1. :  a police officer usually of a village or small town





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