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. 1 :  an officer of justice in Spain, formerly of high rank, now of inferior rank

  2. 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


First Known Use: 1670


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  1. Spanish Central: Translation of alguacil


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