Definition of constable in English:
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
The Latin phrase comes stabuli originally meant ‘officer in charge of the stable’. One of the earliest surviving uses of the English word was as the title of the governor or warden of certain royal castles. It was used as a term for a police officer in the modern sense from the mid 19th century.
- US English dictionary
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