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Definitions for Constable
ˈkʌn stə bəl, ˈkɒn-con·sta·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. constablenoun

    a lawman with less authority and jurisdiction than a sheriff

  2. Constable, John Constablenoun

    English landscape painter (1776-1837)

  3. constable, police constablenoun

    a police officer of the lowest rank


  1. constablenoun

    A police officer ranking below sergeant in most British/New Zealand police forces. (See also Chief Constable).

  2. constablenoun

    Officer of a noble court in the middle ages, usually a senior army commander. (See also marshal).

  3. constablenoun

    Public officer, usually at municipal level, responsible for maintaining order or serving writs and court orders.

  4. constablenoun

    A elected head of a parish (also known as a connétable)

  5. Etymology: conestable (> French connétable), from comes stabuli. For the sense-development, compare marshall.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CONSTABLEnoun

    1.Lord high constable is an ancient officer of the crown, long disused in England, but lately subsisting in France; where the constable commanded the mareschals, and was the first officer of the army. The function of the constable of England consisted in the care of the common peace of the land in deeds of arms, and in matters of war. To the court of the constable and marshal belonged the cognizance of contracts, deeds of arms without the realm, and combats and blasonry of arms within it. The first constable of England was created by the Conqueror, and the office continued hereditary ’till the thirteenth of Henry VIII. when it was laid aside, as being so powerful as to become troublesome to the king. From these mighty magistrates are derived the inferiour constables of hundreds and franchises; two of whom were ordained, in the thirteenth of Edward I. to be chosen in every hundred for the conservation of the peace, and view of armour. These are now called high constables, because continuance of time, and increase both of people and offences, have occasioned others in every town of like nature, but inferiour authority, called petty constables. Besides these, we have constables denominated from particular places; as constable of the Tower, of Dover castle, of the castle of Carnarvon; but these are properly castellani, or governours of castles John Cowell Ephraim Chambers

    Etymology: comes stabuli, as it is supposed.

    When I came hither, I was lord high constable,
    And duke of Buckingham'; now poor Edward Bohun. William Shakespeare.

    The knave constable had set me i’ th’ stocks, i’ th’ common stocks, for a witch. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    The constable being a sober man, and known to be an enemy to those acts of sedition, went among them, to observe what they did. Edward Hyde.


  1. Constable

    A constable is a person holding a particular office, most commonly in criminal law enforcement. The office of constable can vary significantly in different jurisdictions. A constable is commonly the rank of an officer within the police. Other people may be granted powers of a constable without holding this title.


  1. constable

    A constable is a police officer of the lowest rank typically in small towns or rural areas, often responsible for maintaining peace, enforcing laws, and preventing crimes in their local jurisdiction. The term can also refer to a public official occupying various roles and responsibilities depending on the legal system of different regions. For instance, in some areas, constables may have different duties such as serving legal documents, carrying out evictions, or handling minor offenses.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Constablenoun

    a high officer in the monarchical establishments of the Middle Ages

  2. Constablenoun

    an officer of the peace having power as a conservator of the public peace, and bound to execute the warrants of judicial officers

  3. Etymology: [OE. conestable, constable, a constable (in sense 1), OF. conestable, F. conntable, LL. conestabulus, constabularius, comes stabuli, orig., count of the stable, master of the horse, equerry; comes count (L. companion) + L. stabulum stable. See Count a nobleman, and Stable.]


  1. Constable

    A constable is a person holding a particular office, most commonly in law enforcement. The office of constable can vary significantly in different jurisdictions. A constable is commonly the rank of an officer within the police.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Constable

    kun′sta-bl, n. formerly a state-officer of the highest rank: the warden of a castle: a peace-officer: a policeman.—ns. Con′stablery, the charge of a constable; Con′stableship; Con′stablewick, the district of a constable; Con′stabling, acting as a constable or policeman; Constab′ulary, the body of constables of a district, town, &c.—adj. of or pertaining to constables, or peace-officers.—Constable of France, chief of the household under the old French kings, then commander-in-chief of the army, judge in questions of chivalry, tournaments, and martial displays.—High Constable, one of two constables ordained in every hundred or franchise, to make the view of armour, and to see to the conservation of the peace; High Constable of Scotland, the first subject in Scotland after the blood-royal; Lord High Constable of England, the seventh great officer of the crown, and formerly a judge in the court of chivalry.—Outrun the constable, to go too fast: to get into debt.—Special constable, a person sworn in by the justices to preserve the peace, or to execute warrants on special occasions. [O. Fr. conestable (Fr. connétable)—L. comes stabuli, count of the stabulum, stable.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Constable

    a high officer of State in the Roman empire, in France, and in England, charged at one time with military, judicial, and regulative functions.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. constable

    The title in the Middle Ages of the highest military officer in France under the king. The term comes from the low Latin phrase comes stabuli, count of the stables.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Constable is ranked #10310 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Constable surname appeared 3,125 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Constable.

    88.5% or 2,766 total occurrences were White.
    5.2% or 165 total occurrences were Black.
    3.2% or 101 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 65 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 20 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.2% or 8 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Constable' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4411

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Constable' in Nouns Frequency: #1702

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Constable in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Constable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Constable in a Sentence

  1. Alan Rosen:

    This lawsuit is an effort to impugn the good reputation of the hard-working men and women of the Precinct One Constable's Office, i believe our system of due process works and that justice and truth will prevail as facts in this case come to light.

  2. Dane Schiller:

    We are not the investigative agency for such allegations, be them administrative, civil or criminal, this lawsuit is an effort to impugn the good reputation of the hard-working men and women of the Precinct One Constable's Office.

  3. Ibn-e-Safi:

    Why is it that an ordinary clerk has to pass the examination for clerkship, a police constable has to go through training as a recruit before he could be commissioned and on the other hand vegetable-selling middlemen, good-for-nothing fuedals and imbecile merchants go sit in the Assemblies directly and start legisltating and some even become members of the cabinet

  4. Constable Nick Lingham:

    It is clear those responsible would have needed a large vehicle such as a flatbed truck and may have also needed to lift it by mechanical means, it is a hugely distinctive object and it is unlikely the offenders will find it that easy to sell on as scrap or to a collector. Because of its sheer size Police Constable Nick Lingham are hoping people may have seen it being transported and also asking members of the public to keep their eyes open and report anything suspicious.

  5. Wesley Norris:

    Gen. Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, in the meantime, stood by, and frequently enjoined( a county constable) to lay it on well, an injunction which he did not fail to heed ; not satisfied with simply lacerating our naked flesh, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee then ordered the overseer to thoroughly wash our backs with brine, which was done.

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