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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.

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  • He had hardly spoken the words, when the keen alguazil darted off, and reappeared in an instant with the mysterious box of sandalwood.

    The Alhambra

  • 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 Alhambra

  • The alcalde, the alguazil, and the inquisitive barber, listened with greedy ears to this Arabian tale of enchanted treasure.

    The Alhambra

  • So saying he descended the steps, followed with trembling reluctance by the alguazil and the barber.

    The Alhambra

  • Towards midnight the alcalde sallied forth secretly, attended by the alguazil and the meddlesome barber, all strongly armed.

    The Alhambra

  • The alguazil was dispatched to bring the Moor who had assisted in the incantation.

    The Alhambra

  • 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 Alhambra

  • The alcalde, the alguazil, and the barber were struck aghast, and could not summon courage to descend.

    The Alhambra

  • 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.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847


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  • ...we heard a great noise in the inn, which drew our attention whether we would or no. It was no less than the arrival of the corregidor, attended by two alguazils and their marshalmen.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 1 ch. 12

    September 12, 2008