gen·darme | \ˈzhän-ˌdärm 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

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Two migrants said gendarmes fired on them, and multiple videos showed armed, uniformed men standing guard. Lori Hinnant,, "Algeria expels thousands of migrants in forced Sahara march," 25 June 2018 The laser rifle is reportedly ready for mass production and will enter service with the People’s Armed Police, a heavily armed paramilitary law enforcement agency similar to European gendarmes. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Claims to Have a Laser Assault Rifle That Can Set Clothes on Fire," 3 July 2018 Arnaud Beltrame helped organize a drill for his fellow gendarmes that simulated a terrorist attack on a supermarket. Stacy Meichtry, WSJ, "French Officer Slain by Terrorist Is Hailed for Saving Others," 24 Mar. 2018 In this Tuesday, May 8, 2018 photo provided by Liberian migrant Ju Dennis, Algerian gendarmes carrying AK-47 assault rifles load migrants onto trucks to drop them off at the Niger border. Washington Post, "Walk or die: Algeria abandons 13,000 migrants in the Sahara," 25 June 2018 West German guards would sometimes wave you through; the French gendarmes, with their machineguns, were more threatening. The Economist, "Europe’s passport-free zone faces a grim future," 21 June 2018 The gendarmes watching its main highways are alert and ride new motorcycles. New York Times, "Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs," 18 June 2018 French news reports suggested on Wednesday that Colonel Beltrame had at some point tried to disarm Mr. Lakdim, precipitating the shooting and lethal knifing of the gendarme. Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times, "France Honors Officer Killed After Taking a Hostage’s Place," 28 Mar. 2018 As one of the first gendarmes to arrive on the scene, Lt. Col. Stacy Meichtry, WSJ, "French Officer Slain by Terrorist Is Hailed for Saving Others," 24 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of gendarme

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

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