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Alguacil (in Spanish), Aguazil or Guazil (in Portuguese) is a title often to be met in stories and plays, derived from the Arabic "وزير (wazīr)", meaning minister, preceded by the article "al". The alguacil among the early Spaniards was a judge, and sometimes the governor of a town or fortress, or the master at arms on a vessel.[1] In later times he has gradually sunk down to the rank of an officer of the court, who is trusted with the service of writs and certain police duties, but he is still of higher rank than the mere corchete or catch-poll. The title has also been given to inspectors of weights and measures in market-places, and similar officials.

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  1. ^ Reading material given as coursework by Prof. Bezis-Selfa, Wheaton College, Norton, MA. Reference to insubordinate person locked up by the shipboard alguacil of Hernán Cortés


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