Definition of constable in English:


Line breaks: con|stable
Pronunciation: /ˈkʌnstəb(ə)l
, ˈkɒn-/


1British A police officer.
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  • Eighteen minutes after 9am, with a dozen uniformed constables, three senior police officers and three mounted policemen almost obscuring the gates, the notices of execution were posted.
  • When any person has been arrested other than at a police station, a constable may carry out a search of the person on three grounds.
  • In a return to old-fashioned policing methods, constables on patrol will be able to frogmarch misbehaving youths back to their parents to demand an explanation for their behaviour.
1.1 (also police constable) A police officer of the lowest rank.
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  • The police constables had given clear and credible evidence of the circumstances in which the identification took place.
  • But psychiatrists might know all sorts of things that police constables do not know just as they know a great deal that I would not know.
  • Are people like the applicant sworn in as police constables?
2The governor of a royal castle.
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  • Orford was held by a royal constable, and was built next to what was at the time a major port.
  • For instance, separate royal constables were appointed for the chief royal castles of Berwick-on-Tweed and Carlisle, with their garrisons.
  • The local authority of the sheriff (a king's man) was enhanced at the expense of the earl, particularly by making him constable of the castle.
2.1 historical The highest-ranking official in a royal household.
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  • In December 1483 he was appointed constable of England for life.


Middle English (in sense 2): from Old French conestable, from late Latin comes stabuli 'count (head officer) of the stable'. sense 1 dates from the mid 19th century.

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