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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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 on the Web 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 At just this point a gendarme enters to announce the arrival of the real inspector general, who is not at all in disguise. Gary Saul Morson, The New York Review of Books, 3 Nov. 2020 National gendarmes in Nkambe, a city in Cameroon’s English-speaking Northwest region, arrested Nfor without a warrant in May 2018. Wired Staff, Wired, 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, 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, 21 Nov. 2019 The gunshots that hit them were fired from the van of these gendarmes. Boubacar Diallo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 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, 24 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of gendarme was in 1793

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“Gendarme.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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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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