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
Middle English, from Old French conestable, from Late Latin comes stabulī, officer of the stable : Latin comes, officer, companion; see ei- in Indo-European roots + Latin stabulī, genitive of stabulum, stable; see stā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French conestable ( > French connétable), from Latin comes stabulī ("officer of the stables"). For the sense-development, compare marshall. (Wiktionary)