See also: Constable




Old French conestable ( > French connétable), from Latin comes stabulī (officer of the stables). For the sense-development, compare marshall.



constable (plural constables)

  1. (Britain, New Zealand) A police officer ranking below sergeant in most British/New Zealand police forces. (See also chief constable).
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, in The China Governess[1]:
      As soon as Julia returned with a constable, Timothy, who was on the point of exhaustion, prepared to give over to him gratefully. The newcomer turned out to be a powerful youngster, fully trained and eager to help, and he stripped off his tunic at once.
  2. Officer of a noble court in the middle ages, usually a senior army commander. (See also marshal).
  3. (US) Public officer, usually at municipal level, responsible for maintaining order or serving writs and court orders.
  4. (Channel Islands) A elected head of a parish (also known as a connétable)



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