alguacil

noun al·gua·cil \ ¦al-gwə-¦sēl , -¦sil \
variants: or alguazil \¦al-gwə-¦zēl, -¦zil\

Definition of alguacil

plural alguacils or alguaciles \ˌal-gwə-ˈsē-(ˌ)lās\ or alguazils
1 :an officer of justice in Spain, formerly of high rank, now of inferior rank
2 :a sheriff or constable in Latin-American countries or in regions under Spanish influence

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Origin and Etymology of alguacil

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


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  1. Spanish Central: Translation of alguacil


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