- an officer of the peace, having police and minor judicial functions, usually in a small town, rural district, etc.
- Chiefly British. a police officer.
- an officer of high rank in medieval monarchies, usually the commander of all armed forces, especially in the absence of the ruler.
- the keeper or governor of a royal fortress or castle.
Origin of constable
- John,1776–1837, English painter.
Related Words for constabledetective, patrolman, policewoman, policeman, cop, bluecoat, officer, bobby, flatfoot, patrolwoman
Examples from the Web for constable
Contemporary Examples of constable
The florid brushwork of a Constable gets hypertrophied in Freud, into a kind of gross exaggeration of what unleashed paint can do.Lucian Freud, the Conservative Radical
July 21, 2011
To calm the lawyer down, Ramesh asked a constable to go fetch a bottle of Old Monk rum.
They drank it in half an hour, and the constable went to fetch another.
In the morning, Ramesh came back, was told by a constable about Xerox, and said, "Shit, it wasn't a dream, then."
Historical Examples of constable
Still he reflected that he would be unable to get out, and in the morning he could go for the constable.Brave and Bold
"Six pounds if he was a gentleman: two pounds if he wasnt," said the constable.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
Now, constable, do you want to hitch the other end of that arrangement on my wrist?
"The jail of the county is at Welland, the county town," replied the constable.
The constable did not know whether he was shamming or not, but he took no risks.
- (in Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, etc) a police officer of the lowest rank
- any of various officers of the peace, esp one who arrests offenders, serves writs, etc
- the keeper or governor of a royal castle or fortress
- (in medieval Europe) the chief military officer and functionary of a royal household, esp in France and England
- an officer of a hundred in medieval England, originally responsible for raising the military levy but later assigned other administrative duties
Word Origin for constable
- John. 1776–1837, English landscape painter, noted particularly for his skill in rendering atmospheric effects of changing light
c.1200, "chief household officer, justice of the peace," from Old French conestable (12c., Modern French connétable), "steward, governor," principal officer of the Frankish king's household, from Late Latin comes stabuli, literally "count of the stable" (established by Theodosian Code, c.438 C.E.), hence, "chief groom." See count (n.). Second element is from Latin stabulum "stable, standing place" (see stable (n.)). Probably a translation of a Germanic word. Meaning "an officer of the peace" is from c.1600, transferred to "police officer" 1836. French reborrowed constable 19c. as "English police."