constabulary

1 [kuhn-stab-yuh-ler-ee]
noun, plural constabularies.
1.
the body of constables of a district.
2.
a body of officers of the peace organized on a military basis.

Origin:
1350–1400; < Medieval Latin constabulāria, feminine of constabulārius constabulary2; replacing Middle English constablerie < Old French < Medieval Latin as above

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constabulary

2 [kuhn-stab-yuh-ler-ee]
adjective
pertaining to constables or their duties.
Also, constabular [kuhn-stab-yuh-ler] .


Origin:
1815–25; < Medieval Latin constabulārius; see constable, -ary

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constabulary (kənˈstæbjʊlərɪ)
 
n , pl -laries
1.  the police force of a town or district
 
adj
2.  of or relating to constables, constabularies, or their duties

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constabulary
1630s, "district under a constable," from M.L. constabularia, from constabulus, Latinized form of O.Fr. conestable (see constable). Meaning "organized body of constables" is from 1837.
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