noun \ˈzhän-ˌdärm also ˈjän-\

: a police officer; especially : a police officer in a country where French is spoken

Full Definition of GENDARME

:  a member of a body of soldiers especially in France serving as an armed police force for the maintenance of public order

Examples of GENDARME

  1. <the senator reiterated his conviction that it is not the role of the United States to be a kind of global gendarme>

Origin of GENDARME

French, from Middle French, back-formation from gensdarmes, plural of gent d'armes, literally, armed people
First Known Use: 1793

Other Job Terms

factotum, milliner, ostler, scrivener, tinker, webster, wordsmith


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