- the body of constables of a district.
- a body of officers of the peace organized on a military basis.
Origin of constabulary1
- pertaining to constables or their duties.
Origin of constabulary2
Examples from the Web for constabulary
The splendid force of constabulary which are now for you would be against you.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
I saw the constabulary going in force there this afternoon.'Lord Kilgobbin
I am, as you know, assistant superintendent to the constabulary force of the colony.A Final Reckoning
G. A. Henty
You can never tell what the next day may bring you Constabulary fellows!
The map was symbolic of the Constabulary, whose duty it is to know all, to protect all.
- the police force of a town or district
- of or relating to constables, constabularies, or their duties
Word Origin and History for constabulary
1630s, "district under a constable," from Medieval Latin constabularia, from constabulus, Latinized form of Old French conestable (see constable). Meaning "organized body of constables" is from 1837. Earlier (mid-15c.) as an adjective, "pertaining to a constable."