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
2 : police officer
Examples of gendarme in a Sentence
the senator reiterated his conviction that it is not the role of the United States to be a kind of global gendarme
Recent Examples of gendarme from the Web
Everyone turned to watch a group of kids rush up the steps of the walkway toward the gendarmes, hurling stones at their riot shields until the officers charged, forcing them back down.
Cameroonian special forces joined the convoy, and local gendarmes lined the road.
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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
First Known Use: 1793See Words from the same year
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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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