con·​stab·​u·​lary | \ kən-ˈsta-byə-ˌler-ē How to pronounce constabulary (audio) , -ˌle-rē \

Definition of constabulary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to a constable or constabulary


plural constabularies

Definition of constabulary (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the organized body of constables of a particular district or country
2 : an armed police force organized on military lines but distinct from the regular army

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Synonyms for constabulary

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of constabulary in a Sentence

Noun all members of the local constabulary were on the alert for the escaped convict
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Egged on by jingoistic tabloids making insipid World War II allusions, English knuckleheads gathered outside the stadium and tried their best to rumble with German fans, but the constabulary largely kept order. Bill Saporito, Time, 9 July 2021 His career reflects the current fashion in ideological groupthink — also a defect of our partisan critical constabulary that has made Martin Eden a film-festival favorite. Armond White, National Review, 16 Oct. 2020 Current Constable Wayne Thompson enacted several programs within his department that are relatively uncommon for a constabulary. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, 7 Oct. 2020 League constabulary busts Raiders twice for allowing unauthorized civilians in the locker room. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Oct. 2020 Dupin—who is thought to have been modelled on a real-life Frenchman, Eugène-François Vidocq—is a private citizen with a prodigious intellect, remarkable skills of observation, and time on his hands, cracking cases that stump the local constabulary. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, 28 Sep. 2020 Her work with the local constabulary makes up the majority of her income and serves as a perfect distraction from her sporting career, even if things get occasionally heated. Ben Church, CNN, 6 June 2020 Now, were black men being shot and killed by the constabulary in the United States and in some instances with impunity? Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, 24 Nov. 2019 Their presumptions, at some point, are crushed, either by the gods or the local constabulary. John Anderson, WSJ, 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of constabulary


1824, in the meaning defined above


circa 1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of constabulary was circa 1715

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English Language Learners Definition of constabulary

British : the police force of a particular area

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