constabulary[kən stab′yə ler′ē]
- the territory under the jurisdiction of a constable
- constables, collectively, as of a district
- a police force characterized by a military organization but distinct from the regular army
Origin of constabularyMedieval Latin constabularia
- The body of constables of a district or city.
- The district under the jurisdiction of a constable.
- An armed police force organized like a military unit.
- Of, or relating to constables.
- Characteristic to police; police-like (as opposed to military)
- Constabulary missions are different from fighting wars.
(countable and uncountable, plural constabularies)
- A police force.
- The police in a particular district or area.
Constabulary is a collective noun and usually has no plural. Only when describing groups of constabularies is it used in the plural sense. For example, the constabularies of England and Wales form part of the constabulary of the United Kingdom.
From mediaeval Latin conestabularia, a noun use of the feminine version of conestabularius, from Latin constabulus, from comes stabuli, literally ‘master of the stables’.