Definitions

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  • n. A cop (policeman) in Italy, Corsica, etc.
  • n. A ruffian or henchman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An Italian police-officer.

Etymologies

Italian; compare French sbire. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Maria, though fond of constabulary,
    Prefers local cops to carabinieri.
    The neighborhood sbirro
    Is her secret hero,
    Her ideal man to love and marry.

    March 26, 2016