constable

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con·sta·ble

noun \ˈkän(t)-stə-bəl, ˈkən(t)-\

: 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
:  a high officer of a royal court or noble household especially in the Middle Ages
2
:  the warden or governor of a royal castle or a fortified town
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

Con·sta·ble

biographical name \ˈkən(t)-stə-bəl, ˈkän(t)-\

Definition of CONSTABLE

John 1776–1837 Eng. painter

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