- The definition of a constable is a law enforcement officer in a small town who has less authority than a sheriff.
A small-town police officer who patrols the streets, keeps order and who has limited authority is an example of a constable.
- in the Middle Ages, the highest-ranking official of a royal household, court, etc.
- the warden or keeper of a royal fortress or castle
- a peace officer in a town or village, with powers and jurisdiction somewhat more limited than those of a sheriff
- Chiefly Brit. a police officer
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French conestable ; from Late Latin comes stabuli, literally , count of the stable, hence chief groom ; from Classical Latin comes, companion, fellow (see count) plush stabulum, stable
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noun Abbr. Cons. or Const.
- A peace officer with less authority and smaller jurisdiction than a sheriff, empowered to serve writs and warrants and make arrests.
- A medieval officer of high rank, usually serving as military commander in the absence of a monarch.
- The governor of a royal castle.
- Chiefly British A police officer.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French conestable, from Late Latin comes stabulī, officer of the stable : Latin comes, officer, companion; see ei- in Indo-European roots + Latin stabulī, genitive of stabulum, stable; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
- conˈsta·ble·shipˌ noun
, John 1776-1837.