constable

noun

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

Example Sentences

reported the crime to the local constable
Recent Examples on the Web His time as a constable for the past decade is equally as red-marked. Joseph Darius Jaafari, The Arizona Republic, 14 Dec. 2022 The other first-time victors were Henry Curry, a new constable, and Adam Swartz, a justice of the peace. Dallas News, 1 Jan. 2023 The chief constable of Greater Manchester has done a great job on that. Anders Hagstrom, Fox News, 30 Oct. 2022 In August, 24-year-old Gavin Lee Stansell shot and killed three people, including a Pima County constable, and then himself. Ellie Willard, The Arizona Republic, 25 Sep. 2022 The unnamed deputy constable, who has over three decades of experience and no history of infractions, has been suspended indefinitely without pay while an internal investigation proceeds, Nola.com reported. María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 27 July 2022 Martinez-Garibay became a constable for Justice Precinct 8 earlier this year, Ducey said. CBS News, 26 Aug. 2022 An Arizona constable was shot to death, along with three others, while serving an eviction notice at an apartment complex Thursday, authorities said. Tristan Balagtas, Peoplemag, 26 Aug. 2022 Authorities have confirmed the death of an off-duty deputy constable who was fatally shot on his drive home after picking up dinner for his family. Tristan Balagtas, Peoplemag, 31 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Constable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constable. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

constable

noun
con·​sta·​ble ˈkän(t)-stə-bəl How to pronounce constable (audio) ˈkən(t)- How to pronounce constable (audio)
1
: a high officer of a royal court or noble household in the Middle Ages
2
: the person in charge of a royal castle or a town
3
: a police officer usually of a village or small town

Legal Definition

constable

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

Biographical Definition

Constable

biographical name

Con·​sta·​ble ˈkən(t)-stə-bəl How to pronounce Constable (audio)
ˈkän(t)-
John 1776–1837 English painter

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