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

finest, force, fuzz, heat [slang], man, police, police force

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Examples of constabulary in a Sentence


all members of the local constabulary were on the alert for the escaped convict

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Their presumptions, at some point, are crushed, either by the gods or the local constabulary. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘American Animals’ Review: Reading Room Ruckus," 31 May 2018 The club expressed concern to the Merseyside Police, the local constabulary, about the risk of disobedience. Rory Smith, New York Times, "In Blur of Smoke, Jeers and Then Goals, Liverpool Humbles Manchester City at Anfield," 4 Apr. 2018 Baumbach puts the rotten ‘secrets’ of Hollywood and the media world on display, yet almost no one in the critical constabulary will dare criticize it for fear of losing prestige. Armond White, National Review, "The Meyerowitz Stories," 20 Oct. 2017 The Metropolitans were granted authority throughout the New Orleans area, despite that some jurisdictions, including Jefferson, had their own constabularies. Richard Campanella,, "How New Orleans took Uptown from Jefferson Parish," 11 July 2017 Because the head of the league’s constabulary, Joe Torre, who certainly never sought retaliation in all his years as a manger, ordered no fine or suspension of Rizzo despite confirming Anthony indeed had broken the rule. Nick Canepa,, "Sports Theater of Absurd includes Rizzo, Torre, Mayweather & McGregor," 24 June 2017 The police confirmed that an officer from the Cheshire constabulary in northwest England had been killed while attending the concert with her husband and two children. Dan Bilefsky And Iliana Magra, New York Times, "Manchester Bombing Victims Include at Least 7 Parents," 24 May 2017 The wearing of sombreros at tequila-themed parties triggered — to speak the language of the exquisitely sensitive — the anti-appropriation constabulary at Bowdoin College. George F. Will, The Denver Post, "Culture thrives when it’s all shook up," 13 May 2017

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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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