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alguacil

Line breaks: al¦gua|cil
Pronunciation: /ˌalɡwaˈθiːl
 
, ˌalɣwaˈθil, -ˈsil/

Definition of alguacil in English:

noun (plural alguaciles /ˌalɡwaˈθiːlɪz, ˌalɣwaˈθiles, -ˈsiles/)

Each of a pair of mounted constables acting as an official at a bullfight.
Example sentences
  • It stated that if a commissioner disappeared the alguacil would he held responsible.
  • While the purpose of this measure was to eliminate the alguaciles, it proved impossible to do so, and they continued to exist alongside the marine guards.
  • From this body the petty local officials were chosen; namely, the Gobernadorcillo, or ‘Petty Governor,’ and his lieutenants, the alguaciles, or constables, and other minor officers.

Origin

Spanish, from Arabic al-wazīr 'the helper, aide, or vizier'.

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