constable

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

Definition of constable

  1. 1 :  a high officer of a royal court or noble household especially in the Middle Ages

  2. 2 :  the warden or governor of a royal castle or a fortified town

  3. 3a :  a public officer usually of a town or township responsible for keeping the peace and for minor judicial dutiesb chiefly British :  police officer; especially :  one ranking below sergeant

Examples of constable in a sentence

  1. reported the crime to the local constable

Origin and Etymology of constable

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


First Known Use: 13th century


Constable

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

Definition of Constable

  1. John 1776–1837 English painter



CONSTABLE Defined for English Language Learners

constable

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

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

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

Definition of constable for Students

  1. :  a police officer usually of a village or small town


Law Dictionary

constable

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

Legal Definition of constable

  1. :  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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