Definition of constable noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkʌnstəbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːnstəbl//
    The police
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  1. 1(British English) (used especially when talking to a police officer of the lowest rank) = police constable Have you finished your report, Constable? see also chief constable See related entries: The police
  2. 2(in the US) a peace officer with some of the powers of a police officer, typically in a small town See related entries: The police
  3. Word OriginMiddle English originally the governor of a royal castle: from Old French conestable, from late Latin comes stabuli ‘count (head officer) of the stable’. The current sense dates from the mid 19th cent.Extra examples The force hopes to increase the number of its beat constables. Have you finished your report yet, Constable? The children were taken out of the room by a woman police constable.
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