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- n. A judge or governor in Spain.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An inferior officer of justice in Spain; a warrant officer; a constable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Spain, and in regions settled by Spaniards, an inferior officer of justice; a constable.
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After supper at the inn that evening, he and the alguazil quarrelled and began to revile each other, my master calling the alguazil a thief, the alguazil declaring that the bulero was an impostor, and that his indulgences were forged.
He had hardly spoken the words, when the keen alguazil darted off, and reappeared in an instant with the mysterious box of sandalwood.
He is one of the legitimate sons of the Alhambra, and has lived here all his life, filling various offices, such as deputy alguazil, sexton of the parochial church, and marker of a fives-court established at the foot of one of the towers.
The alcalde, the alguazil, and the inquisitive barber, listened with greedy ears to this Arabian tale of enchanted treasure.
So saying he descended the steps, followed with trembling reluctance by the alguazil and the barber.
Towards midnight the alcalde sallied forth secretly, attended by the alguazil and the meddlesome barber, all strongly armed.
The alguazil was dispatched to bring the Moor who had assisted in the incantation.
In a little while the hungry alguazil was again on the scent, and before the day was over the unfortunate Peregil was once more dragged into the presence of the judge.
The alcalde, the alguazil, and the barber were struck aghast, and could not summon courage to descend.
The alguazil made a sign, and two men laid hands upon the torero, who brushed them away as though they had been flies upon his sleeve.