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constable Explained

constable at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


constable at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1200, from O.Fr. conestable, principal officer of the Frankish king's household, from L.L. comes stabuli, lit. "count of the stable" (established by Theodosian Code, c.438 C.E.), hence, "chief groom." Probably a translation of a Gmc. word. Meaning "an officer of the peace" is from 1597, transferred to "police officer" 1836. ///

Constable at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

John (1776-1837) a British painter famous for his paintings and drawings of the Suffolk countryside, especially 'The Haywain'//

constable at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [C] [Date: 1800-1900; Origin: constable 'high-ranking royal official, local officer of the law' (12-21 centuries), from Old French conestable, from Late Latin comes stabuli 'officer of the stable']//
1 a British police officer of the lowest rank:
2 in the US, someone who has some of the powers of a police officer and can send legal documents that order someone to do something:

constable at French => English Of Explained:


constable at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

56 Moby Thesaurus words for "constable":
G-man, John Law, MP, bailiff, beadle, beagle, bobby, bound bailiff,
bull, captain, catchpole, chief of police, commissioner, cop,
copper, deputy, deputy sheriff, detective, fed, federal, flatfoot,
flic, fuzz, gendarme, government man, inspector, lictor,
lieutenant, mace-bearer, marshal, mounted policeman, narc, officer,
paddy, patrolman, peace officer, peeler, police captain,
police commissioner, police constable, police inspector,
police matron, police officer, police sergeant, policeman,
policewoman, portreeve, reeve, roundsman, sergeant,
sergeant at arms, sheriff, superintendent, tipstaff, tipstaves,

constable at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

(used especially when talking to a police officer of the lowest rank) = POLICE CONSTABLE:
Have you finished your report, Constable?

CONSTABLE at English => English (Bouviers Law) Of Explained:

ing) * a dustpan and brush * Apply the paint with a fine brush.

2 [sing.] an act of brushing:
to give your hair / teeth a good brush

3 [sing.] a light touch made in passing sth/sb:
the brush of his lips on her cheek

4 [C] ~ with sb/sth a short unfriendly meeting with sb; an occasion when you nearly experience sth unpleasant:
She had a nasty brush with her boss this morning. * In his job he's had frequent brushes with death. * a brush with the law
5 [U] land covered by small trees or bushes:
a brush fire
6 [C] the tail of a FOX
IDIOMS see DAFT adj., PAINT v., TAR v.

1 to clean, polish, or make smooth with a brush:
[VN] to brush your hair / teeth / shoes * [VN-ADJ] A tiled floor is easy to brush clean.

2 [VN] ~ A with B | ~ B over A to put sth, for example oil, milk or egg, on sth using a brush:
Brush the pastry with beaten egg. * Brush beaten egg over the pastry.

3 [VN +adv./prep.] to remove sth from a surface with a brush or with your hand:
He brushed the dirt off his jacket. * She brushed the fly away.

4 ~ (against / by / past) sb/sth to touch sb/sth lightly while moving close to them/it:
[V] She brushed past him. * His hand accidentally brushed against hers. * [VN] The leaves brushed her cheek. * He brushed her lips with his.
brush sb/sth<->aside to ignore sb/sth; to treat sb/sth as unimportant
He brushed aside my fears.
brush sb / yourself down (BrE) = BRUSH SB / YOURSELF OFF
brush sth<->down to clean sth by brushing it:
to brush a coat / horse down
brush off to be removed by brushing:
Mud brushes off easily when it is dry.
brush sb<->off to rudely ignore sb or refuse to listen to them:
She brushed him off impatiently.
related noun BRUSH-OFF
brush sb / yourself off to make sb/yourself tidy, especially after you have

Constable at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Constable \Con"sta*ble\ (k[u^]n"st[.a]*b'l), n. [OE. conestable,
constable, a constable (in sense 1), OF. conestable, F.
conn['e]table, LL. conestabulus, constabularius, comes
stabuli, orig., count of the stable, master of the horse,
equerry; comes count (L. companion) + L. stabulum stable. See
{Count} a nobleman, and {Stable}.]
1. A high officer in the monarchical establishments of the
Middle Ages.

constable at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: a lawman with less authority and jurisdiction than a sheriff
2: English landscape painter (1776-1837) [syn: {John Constable}]
3: a police officer of the lowest rank [syn: {police constable}]

constable at English (WD) Of Explained:



Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » conestable ( > French Inter: term » connétable), from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » comes stabuli|comes stabulī|officer of the stables. For the sense-development, compare Inter: term » marshall.


* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /ˈkʌnstəbəl/


Inter: en-nou » n
  • Inter: British » NZ A police officer ranking below sergeant in most British/New Zealand police forces. (See also Chief Constable).
    1. Officer of a noble court in the middle ages, usually a senior army commander. (See also marshal).
    2. Inter: U » S Public officer, usually at municipal level, responsible for maintaining order or serving writs and court orders.
    3. Inter: Channel Island » s A elected head of a parish (also known as a connétable)


      * See also Category: Wikisaurus:police officer -


      Inter: trans-top » police officer rank

  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|полицай|m
  • Italian: appuntato (carabinieri) {{m}}, agente {{m}} (polizia)
  • Malay: Inter: t- » ms|konstabel

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|констебль|m
    • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|maor-sìthe|m
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|konstapel|c

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » officer of a noble court
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|connétable|m|f
    • Portuguese: Inter: t- » pt|condestável|m

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|констебль|m, Inter: t+ » ru|коннетабль|m

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » elected head of a parish
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|connétable|m|f
    • Guernésiais: Inter: tø » roa-grn|counnétablle|m

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Jèrriais: Inter: tø » roa-jer|connêtabl'ye|m

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    Derived terms

    * constabulary
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