One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An officer immediately subordinate to a constable; an under-constable; a deputy constable.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in Acts of Parliament. From sub- + constable, probably after post-classical Latin subconstabularius (frequently from 1264 in British sources), subconestabulus under-constable (of a castle). Compare Anglo-Norman southeconstable.
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