Origin of constable
Definition for constable (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for constable
The florid brushwork of a Constable gets hypertrophied in Freud, into a kind of gross exaggeration of what unleashed paint can do.
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."
"That is not the way to speak, sir," he said sternly, while the constable pressed a warning hand on James's shoulder.With Wolfe in Canada|G. A. Henty
The constable began his work, and the safe opener approached the strong box and inspected it.Randy of the River|Horatio Alger Jr.
A constable came up and took me into custody for robbing the turnip field.The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4|George W. M. Reynolds
You will attend to the matter in due course, Constable Slade.Prescott of Saskatchewan|Harold Bindloss
The constable was also connected by marriage with king Louis, who called him "brother" from their having married two sisters.The Boke of Noblesse|Unknown
British Dictionary definitions for constable (1 of 2)
Word Origin for constable
British Dictionary definitions for constable (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for constable
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."