See also: Constable
From Middle English constable, cunstable, constabil, connestable, cunestable, from Old French conestable, from Latin comes stabulī (“officer of the stables”). For the sense-development, compare marshall.
constable (plural constables)
- The lowest rank in most Commonwealth police forces. (See also chief constable).
1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, in The China Governess:
- 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.
- (Britain, law) A police officer or an officer with equivalent powers.
- Officer of a noble court in the middle ages, usually a senior army commander. (See also marshal).
- (US) Public officer, usually at municipal level, responsible for maintaining order or serving writs and court orders.
- (Channel Islands) A elected head of a parish (also known as a connétable)
police officer rank
officer of a noble court