Gendarme definition

zhändärm, zhäɴdärm
Frequency:
In France, Belgium.
  • A soldier serving as an armed policeman.
  • A police officer; esp., a French police officer.
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Any policeman.
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A member of the gendarmerie, a military body charged with police duties.
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(slang) A police officer.
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(historical) A French cavalryman commanding a squad.
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A member of the French national police organization constituting a branch of the armed forces with responsibility for general law enforcement.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gendarme
Plural:
gendarmes, gensdarmes

Origin of gendarme

  • French 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 genə- in Indo-European roots) de of (from Latin de–) armes pl. of arme weapon arm2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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