variants or alguazil
plural alguacils or alguaciles
or alguazils
: an officer of justice in Spain, formerly of high rank, now of inferior rank
: a sheriff or constable in Latin-American countries or in regions under Spanish influence

Word History


Spanish alguacil (formerly alguazil), from Arabic al-wazīr the vizier

First Known Use

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of alguacil was in 1670

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“Alguacil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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