A member of the French national police organization constituting a branch of the armed forces with responsibility for general law enforcement.
Origin of gendarme
French from Old French gent d'armes, gendarmesing. ofgens d'armesmounted soldiers, men-at-armsgenspeople, men (from Latin gentēs) (pl. ofgēnsclangenə- in Indo-European roots) deof (from Latin dēde–) armespl. ofarmeweaponarm2
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
His principal works are: Poemes de prison (1875), written during his detention, Soirs de bataille (1883); Jours de combat (1883); and Le Travail (1889); the novels, Madame Phaeton (1885) and Monsieur le gendarme (1891); and the dramas, Une etoile (1888) and Le sommeil de Danton (1888).
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