from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The body of constables of a district or city.
  • n. The district under the jurisdiction of a constable.
  • n. An armed police force organized like a military unit.
  • adj. Of or relating to constables, constabularies, or their jurisdictions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or relating to constables.
  • adj. Characteristic to police; police-like (as opposed to military)
  • n. A police force.
  • n. The police in a particular district or area.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to constables; consisting of constables.
  • n. The collective body of constables in any town, district, or country.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to constables; consisting of constables; involving the functions of constables: as, a constabulary force.
  • n. The body of constables of a district, as a town, city, or county; a body or class of officers performing the functions of constables: as, the constabulary of Ireland.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the force of policemen and officers


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From mediaeval Latin conestabularia, a noun use of the feminine version of conestabularius, from Latin constabulus, from comes stabuli, literally ‘master of the stables’.


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