- Historical a French cavalryman commanding a squad
- in France, Belgium, etc.,
- a soldier serving as an armed policeman
- a police officer; esp., a French police officer
- any policeman: a humorous usage
Origin of gendarmeFrench from gens d'armes, men-at-arms from Classical Latin gens, gens + de, of + arma, arms
- A member of the French national police organization constituting a branch of the armed forces with responsibility for general law enforcement.
- Slang A police officer.
- A subsidiary pinnacle on a steep mountain ridge.
Origin of gendarmeFrench from Old French gent d'armes, gendarme sing. of gens d'armes mounted soldiers, men-at-arms gens people, men ( from Latin gentēs ) ( pl. of gēns clan ; see genə- in Indo-European roots.) de of ( from Latin dē ; see de- . ) armes pl. of arme weapon ; see arm2.
(plural gendarmes or gensdarmes)
- red mange