constabulary

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[ kuh n-stab-yuh-ler-ee ]
/ kənˈstæb yəˌlɛr i /

noun, plural con·stab·u·lar·ies.

the body of constables of a district.
a body of officers of the peace organized on a military basis.

Nearby words

  1. conspire,
  2. const.,
  3. constable,
  4. constable glass,
  5. constable, john,
  6. constance,
  7. constance, lake,
  8. constancy,
  9. constans i,
  10. constant

Origin of constabulary

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1350–1400; < Medieval Latin constabulāria, feminine of constabulārius constabulary2; replacing Middle English constablerie < Old French < Medieval Latin as above

constabulary

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[ kuh n-stab-yuh-ler-ee ]
/ kənˈstæb yəˌlɛr i /

adjective

pertaining to constables or their duties.
Also con·stab·u·lar [kuh n-stab-yuh-ler] /kənˈstæb yə lər/.

Origin of constabulary

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1815–25; < Medieval Latin constabulārius; see constable, -ary

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British Dictionary definitions for constabulary

constabulary

/ (kənˈstæbjʊlərɪ) mainly British /

noun plural -laries

the police force of a town or district

adjective

of or relating to constables, constabularies, or their duties
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Word Origin and History for constabulary

constabulary

n.

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."

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