Gendarmerie definition

zhän-därmə-rē, zhäɴ-där-mə-rē
A military body charged with police duties among the civilian population.
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A body of French gendarmes.
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(slang) A group of police officers.
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Gendarmes collectively.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gendarmerie
Plural:
gendarmeries

Origin of gendarmerie

  • French from Old French calvary from gent d'armes, gendarme mounted soldier gendarme

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

  • From the French gendarmerie.

    From Wiktionary