gen·​darme | \ ˈzhän-ˌdärm How to pronounce gendarme (audio) also ˈjän- \

Definition of gendarme

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

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the senator reiterated his conviction that it is not the role of the United States to be a kind of global gendarme
Recent Examples on the Web National gendarmes in Nkambe, a city in Cameroon’s English-speaking Northwest region, arrested Nfor without a warrant in May 2018. Wired Staff, Wired, "One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack," 1 June 2020 National gendarmes in Nkambe, a city in Cameroon’s English-speaking Northwest region, arrested Nfor without a warrant in May 2018. Lydia Belanger, Fortune, "Journalists are among those punished for prioritizing justice and truth above all," 1 June 2020 Last month the Vatican’s gendarmes raided the offices of the AIF and the Secretariat of State, the Holy See’s equivalent of a foreign ministry. The Economist, "Pope Francis promised to clean up the Vatican’s murky finances," 21 Nov. 2019 The gunshots that hit them were fired from the van of these gendarmes. Boubacar Diallo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "4 dead as Guineans protest president’s bid to extend power," 14 Oct. 2019 My father opened and there were three Hungarian gendarmes in front of him and ordered him to leave the house. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "A Survivor’s Diary Emerges From Auschwitz," 24 Jan. 2020 They would be returned before he was deported, the gendarmes assured him. Tommy Trenchard, Harper's magazine, "Oceans Apart," 6 Jan. 2020 Mountain guides and gendarmes from across Chamonix were mustered. The Economist, "Death in the Alps," 20 Dec. 2019 In a statement announcing Giani's departure, the Vatican said the publication of the document greatly harmed the employees' dignity as well as the image of the Vatican gendarmes. Nicole Winfield,, "Pope Francis’ bodyguard resigns over Vatican’s latest financial leaks scandal," 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of gendarme

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gendarme

French, from Middle French, back-formation from gensdarmes, plural of gent d'armes, literally, armed people

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“Gendarme.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gendarme

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

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