constable

noun con·sta·ble \ ˈkän(t)-stə-bəl , ˈkən(t)- \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

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 in a Sentence

  1. reported the crime to the local constable

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Origin and Etymology of constable

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


Constable

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

Definition of Constable

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CONSTABLE Defined for English Language Learners

constable

noun

Definition of constable for English Language Learners

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


CONSTABLE Defined for Kids

constable

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

Definition of constable for Students

: a police officer usually of a village or small town

Law Dictionary

constable

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

legal Definition of constable

: a public officer usually of a town or township responsible for keeping the peace and for minor judicial duties

Origin and Etymology of constable

Old French conestable military commander, chief of the royal household, from Late Latin comes stabuli, literally, officer of the stable



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