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


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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

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Examples of constable in a Sentence

Noun reported the crime to the local constable
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The landlord has received a judgment against a renter, but not a writ of restitution, which is the court order issued for a constable to lock a tenant out. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, 4 Sep. 2021 As a constable in Malden, Medford, and Somerville, it’s Alan Bishop’s job to move tenants out of their home after a court finalizes an eviction., 1 Sep. 2021 Muñoz was a beloved figure in the south Phoenix community, a longtime constable who supported causes like Chicanos por la Causa, the restoration of Sacred Heart Church in the former Golden Gate Barrio and coaching kids' baseball. Megan Taros, The Arizona Republic, 30 Aug. 2021 There have been over 18,000 evictions filed since March 2020 in Bexar County, according to the constable's office. Omar Villafranca, CBS News, 25 Aug. 2021 Speaking to reporters on Friday, Shaun Sawyer, chief constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, said authorities responded within six minutes after a flurry of calls shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday. NBC News, 13 Aug. 2021 If the landlord wins, a judge will enter a judgment that includes the date by which the renters have to vacate the property or else a constable can forcibly remove them with a writ of restitution. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, 2 Aug. 2021 Kristen Randall, a constable who oversees evictions in the Tucson area, has been reaching out to people on both sides to figure out what happens next. New York Times, 31 July 2021 The constable's office said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Chemical Safety Board were notified about the incident. Arkansas Online, 29 July 2021

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First Known Use of constable


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for constable


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

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“Constable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of constable

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


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


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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