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Definition of "constable" []

  • A peace officer with less authority and smaller jurisdiction than a sheriff, empowered to serve writs and warrants and make arrests. (noun)
  • A medieval officer of high rank, usually serving as military commander in the absence of a monarch. (noun)
  • The governor of a royal castle. (noun)
  • Chiefly British A police officer. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "constable" in a sentence
  • "One of the things I have found a bit depressing about being a constable is the realisation that money and an expensive education is no guarantee of good manners and common sense."
  • "“Should I call a constable?” the housekeeper asked."
  • "As it happens, Chabot's new constable is Silas Jones, a former high-school friend of Ott's now returned to his old stomping grounds."