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

Definition of constable

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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

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


reported the crime to the local constable

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

An image shared by the constable's office shows an older-model Chevrolet Trailblazer with damage to its front-left quarter panel. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Motorcyclist dead after crashing into SUV in north Harris County," 26 July 2019 The candidates endorsed for mayor, city council, treasurer and constables will appear on the Democratic ticket in the September 10 primary. Rebecca Lurye,, "Hartford Democratic Town Committee to decide mayoral, council endorsements Monday evening," 22 July 2019 The only noises were chirping birds and a slight ripple from the river, aside from the occasional Border Patrol truck or county constable vehicle driving by. Mitchell Ferman And,, "Three children and a woman are found dead along the border in Texas," 24 June 2019 Inside the house, Lane and another constable found the dogs' food in an unopened, 50-pound bag on the counter. Rocky Baier, azcentral, "More than 35 Chihuahuas found in possibly abandoned Phoenix house during eviction," 13 June 2019 The facility replaces constable and JP offices the county leased for decades, recently paying $26,000 per month for rent in a five-story office building on Tesoro Drive. Scott Huddleston,, "New county building offers security, convenience on San Antonio’s North Side," 13 June 2019 Back at the constable's office, Lulu, in handcuffs, is already taking issue with how she was arrested. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Former boxer marked for murder goes undercover to catch the person who wanted him dead," 20 July 2019 White, 59, has served as constable in Kendall County for more than 22 years. Brian Chasnoff,, "‘Crazy’ traffic stops cited in move to boot constable," 18 June 2019 To prepare for flood events, the constable’s office purchased high water rescue vehicles, including two boats, which are being housed at its newest substation on Holzwarth Road near the North Freeway. Mayra Cruz, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County officials stress safety, preparations during hurricane season," 14 June 2019

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

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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


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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