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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A law enforcement officer, such as a sheriff, who is responsible for maintaining civil peace.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a civil officer whose duty it is to preserve the public peace, to prevent riots, etc., as a polliceman, sheriff or constable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A civil officer whose duty it is to preserve the public peace, especially to prevent or quell riots and other breaches of the peace, as a sheriff or constable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an officer of the law

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