Gendarmerie meaning

zhän-där'mə-rē, zhäɴ-där-mə-rē'
A body of French gendarmes.
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A group of police officers.
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Gendarmes collectively.
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A military body charged with police duties among the civilian population.
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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