Gendarme meaning

zhän'därm', zhäɴ'därm'
A police officer.
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A French cavalryman commanding a squad.
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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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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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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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