gendarme

noun gen·darme \ ˈzhän-ˌdärm also ˈjän- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

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

Examples of gendarme in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of gendarme

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


GENDARME Defined for English Language Learners

gendarme

noun

Definition of gendarme for English Language Learners

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



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