noun (plural alguaciles /ˌalɡwaˈθiːlɪz/ /ˌalɣwaˈθiles/ /ˌalɣwaˈsiles/)
Each of a pair of mounted constables acting as an official at a bullfight.
- 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.
Spanish, from Arabic al-wazīr 'the helper, aide, or vizier'.
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