from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A peace officer with less authority and smaller jurisdiction than a sheriff, empowered to serve writs and warrants and make arrests.
- n. A medieval officer of high rank, usually serving as military commander in the absence of a monarch.
- n. The governor of a royal castle.
- n. Chiefly British A police officer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A police officer ranking below sergeant in most British/New Zealand police forces. (See also Chief Constable).
- n. Officer of a noble court in the middle ages, usually a senior army commander. (See also marshal).
- n. Public officer, usually at municipal level, responsible for maintaining order or serving writs and court orders.
- n. A elected head of a parish (also known as a connétable)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A high officer in the monarchical establishments of the Middle Ages.
- n. An officer of the peace having power as a conservator of the public peace, and bound to execute the warrants of judicial officers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An officer of high rank in several of the medieval monarchies.
- n. An officer chosen to aid in keeping the peace, and to serve legal process in cases of minor importance.
- n. To live beyond one's means. In this latter sense also overrun the constable.
- n. The commander of a constabulary or company of men-at-arms.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. English landscape painter (1776-1837)
- n. a police officer of the lowest rank
- n. a lawman with less authority and jurisdiction than a sheriff
One of the things I have found a bit depressing about being a constable is the realisation that money and an expensive education is no guarantee of good manners and common sense.
“Should I call a constable?” the housekeeper asked.
As it happens, Chabot's new constable is Silas Jones, a former high-school friend of Ott's now returned to his old stomping grounds.
Likewise if a lowly constable is failing he too is moved on.
A constable is the servant of the people, and it is not his place to mete out summary punishment to those whom he decides have failed to accord him the respect he feels he deserves.
Then let us call a constable to ask the same question.
"Will you go along quietly or shall I call a constable?"
As a matter of fact, she usually finds that the ordinary constable is quite adequate for all her requirements in the protective line.
Then they called a constable, and after half an hour the sensational fact of the unconscious watchman and the rifled strong-room became revealed.
The Irish constable is a well-educated man, on whom every reliance can be placed as to the way in which he will act in the case of emergency.