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[kuh n-stab-yuh-ler-ee] /kənˈstæb yəˌlɛr i/
noun, plural constabularies.
the body of constables of a district.
a body of officers of the peace organized on a military basis.
Origin of constabulary1
1350-1400; < Medieval Latin constabulāria, feminine of constabulārius constabulary2; replacing Middle English constablerie < Old French < Medieval Latin as above


[kuh n-stab-yuh-ler-ee] /kənˈstæb yəˌlɛr i/
pertaining to constables or their duties.
Also, constabular
[kuh n-stab-yuh-ler] /kənˈstæb yə lər/ (Show IPA)
1815-25; < Medieval Latin constabulārius; see constable, -ary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If he had remembered it and coughed it up to the constabulary then, he wouldn't have had it now.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • I saw the constabulary going in force there this afternoon.'

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • All the constabulary had needed to do was remove the bodies and write up a report.

    Little Fuzzy Henry Beam Piper
  • I am, as you know, assistant superintendent to the constabulary force of the colony.

    A Final Reckoning G. A. Henty
  • The Intelligence and constabulary officer pushed through the crowd.

    Uller Uprising Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
  • You can never tell what the next day may bring you constabulary fellows!

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
  • This is the real article; Karamessinis' constabulary and Intelligence officers certified him for me.

    Uller Uprising Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
  • He was proud of Terry—trust the constabulary to see a thing through!

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
  • He has a protg in the constabulary who learned through police channels all that she will allow to be known of her life.

    A Speckled Bird Augusta J. Evans Wilson
  • The constabulary are, I'll admit, but the most of them are as useless as the priests.

    Just Irish Charles Battell Loomis
British Dictionary definitions for constabulary


noun (pl) -laries
the police force of a town or district
of or relating to constables, constabularies, or their duties
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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