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.

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

Definition for constabulary (2 of 2)

constabulary2
[ 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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