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



BrE BrE//kənˈstæbjələri//
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈstæbjəleri//
[countable + singular or plural verb] (pl. constabularies) The police
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(in Britain) the police force of a particular area or town See related entries: The police Word Originlate 15th cent. (denoting the district under the charge of a constable): from medieval Latin constabularia (dignitas) ‘(rank) of constable’, from constabulus, based on Latin comes stabuli ‘count (head officer) of the stable’.

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