peace officer
noun Date: 1714 a civil officer (as a police officer) whose duty it is to preserve the public peace

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  • peace officer — n: a civil officer (as a police officer) whose duty it is to preserve the public peace Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. peace officer …   Law dictionary

  • Peace officer — Peace Peace, n. [OE. pees, pais, OF. pais, paiz, pes, F. paix, L. pax, pacis, akin to pacere, paciscere, pacisci, to make an agreement, and prob. also pangere to fasten. Cf. {Appease}, {Fair}, a., {Fay}, v., {Fang}, {Pacify}, {Pact}, {Pay} to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • peace officer — n. an officer entrusted with maintaining law and order, as a sheriff, constable, or policeman …   English World dictionary

  • peace officer — noun an officer of the law (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑lawman, ↑law officer • Hypernyms: ↑defender, ↑guardian, ↑protector, ↑shielder • …   Useful english dictionary

  • peace officer — peace′ of ficer n. a civil officer appointed to preserve the public peace, as a sheriff or constable • Etymology: 1705–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • peace officer — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. policeman, police officer, constable; see police officer . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A member of a law enforcement agency: blue coat, finest, officer, patrolman, patrolwoman, police, policeman, police officer,… …   English dictionary for students

  • peace officer — a civil officer appointed to preserve the public peace, as a sheriff or constable. [1705 15] * * * …   Universalium

  • peace officer — /ˈpis ɒfəsə/ (say pees ofuhsuh) noun a civil officer appointed to preserve the public peace, as a sheriff or constable …   Australian English dictionary

  • peace officer — Synonyms and related words: G man, John Law, MP, bailiff, beadle, beagle, bound bailiff, captain, catchpole, chief of police, commissioner, constable, cop, deputy, deputy sheriff, detective, fed, federal, flic, gendarme, government man, inspector …   Moby Thesaurus

  • peace officer — noun N. Amer. a civil officer appointed to preserve law and order, such as a sheriff …   English new terms dictionary

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