constable

noun
con·​sta·​ble | \ ˈkän(t)-stə-bəl How to pronounce constable (audio) , ˈkən(t)- How to pronounce constable (audio) \

Definition of constable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
3a : 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

Constable

biographical name
Con·​sta·​ble | \ ˈkən(t)-stə-bəl How to pronounce Constable (audio) , ˈkän(t)-\

Definition of Constable (Entry 2 of 2)

John 1776–1837 English painter

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Synonyms for constable

Synonyms: Noun

bobby [British], bull [slang], cop, copper, flatfoot [slang], fuzz, gendarme, lawman, officer, police officer, policeman, shamus [slang]

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Examples of constable in a Sentence

Noun

reported the crime to the local constable

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Holmes is able to distinguish the separate tracks of two men from the many footmarks of the constables on the scene. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "The Long, Strange Tale of the Hand Beast Footprints," 11 Sep. 2019 The boy suffered a non-life-threatening leg injury and was rushed to a nearby hospital for evaluation, according to the constable's office. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Neighbor shoots, kills dog attacking boy in northwest Houston," 6 Sep. 2019 The sheriff, county treasurer, county clerk, district clerk, tax assessor-collector, justices of the peace and constables also would have received raises if the measure had passed. Dallas News, "The man behind secret tape of Texas House speaker, Julian Castro makes debate, Uber lured to big D," 22 Aug. 2019 Perez’s candidate for treasurer is Chance McQueen, a mortgage loan officer, and his constables are Evelyn Dukes, Shaquasia Goldsby, Marc Lucier and Elvis Tejada. Rebecca Lurye, Courant Community, "Hartford Democratic primary to pit Mayor Luke Bronin against challengers Eddie Perez and Brandon McGee, Jr.," 16 Aug. 2019 Gwent Police Department released the footage Tuesday after 36-year-old Tony Buttigieg was sentenced to four years in prison for attempting to stab a police constable on Oct. 2, 2017. Fox News, "'Harrowing' body cam video shows man armed with kitchen knives attack police officer," 14 Apr. 2018 All that fodder fed into a ten-page script for a short film about a constable in neo-Victorian London visiting a faerie brothel where a murder has taken place. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Carnival Row brings a richly textured fantasy world to vibrant life," 3 Sep. 2019 White says a constable for Tippah County, Keith Bullock, and another church member were involved in the shooting. Fox News, "Man shot dead in small Mississippi church, report says," 12 Aug. 2019 White said that Keith Bullock, a constable for Tippah County, and another church member were involved in the shooting. Washington Post, "Polar bears' use of," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of constable

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for constable

Noun

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

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The first known use of constable was in the 13th century

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constable

noun

English Language Learners Definition of constable

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

constable

noun
con·​sta·​ble | \ ˈkän-stə-bəl How to pronounce constable (audio) , ˈkən-\

Kids Definition of constable

: a police officer usually of a village or small town

constable

noun
con·​sta·​ble | \ ˈkän-stə-bəl, ˈkən- How to pronounce constable (audio) \

Legal Definition of constable

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

History and Etymology for 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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