gendarme

noun

gen·​darme ˈzhän-ˌdärm How to pronounce gendarme (audio)
 also  ˈjän-
1
: a member of a body of soldiers especially in France serving as an armed police force for the maintenance of public order
2

Example Sentences

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 Spain expelled another deserter, Mohamed Abdellah, a dissident gendarme, to Algeria last August. Elaine Ganley, ajc, 28 May 2022 Each gendarme carried a Kalashnikov slung over his shoulder. Dyan Machan, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2022 The attacks on Thursday targeted a military camp about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Solle town in Loroum province and a special response unit for the gendarme in the Sanmatenga province, the army said in a statement. Sam Mednick, ajc, 6 May 2022 Francois V had indeed worked as a gendarme and a police officer, and as a town councilor in the town of Prades-le-Lez in southern France. NBC News, 1 Oct. 2021 After 35 years of digging, investigators determined that the suspect had worked as a gendarme in the Paris region between 1986-94 and summoned 750 current or former officers for questioning this week. Arkansas Online, 2 Oct. 2021 After 35 years of digging, investigators determined that the suspect had worked as a gendarme in the Paris region between 1986 and 1994, and summoned 750 current or former officers for questioning this week. NBC News, 1 Oct. 2021 The three gendarme officers killed in the incident were aged 21, 37, and 45, the interior ministry said in a statement. NBC News, 23 Dec. 2020 But the boy and her great-grandmaman aside, most of the human characters are stock figures like the bumbling gendarme and the sweet-tempered shop owners who help keep Paras well-fed and out of police custody. Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gendarme was in 1793

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Cite this Entry

“Gendarme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gendarme. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

gendarme

noun
gen·​darme ˈzhän-ˌdärm How to pronounce gendarme (audio)
 also  ˈjän-
: a member of a police force especially in France

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