gendarme

noun
gen·​darme | \ ˈzhän-ˌdärm also ˈjän- How to pronounce gendarme (audio) \

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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Synonyms for gendarme

Synonyms

bobby [British], bull [slang], constable [chiefly British], cop, copper, flatfoot [slang], fuzz, lawman, officer, police officer, policeman, shamus [slang]

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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

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The presidential palace has a complex security unit of military gendarmes and police. Elaine Ganley, Fox News, "Car, gun, money: Scandal over Macron's ex-aide grips France," 1 Aug. 2018 The second man was apparently a gendarme in the reserves who Le Monde said had worked with Benalla in the past. Elaine Ganley, Fox News, "Macron's security aide detained, was filmed beating activist," 20 July 2018 The fourth victim, a gendarme who stood in for a female hostage and was shot, died early Saturday. Time, "3 Explosive Devices Found at French Supermarket After Deadly Rampage, Official Says," 24 Mar. 2018 Now an armed separatist movement is gaining traction, kidnapping government officials and killing gendarmes. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "Africa’s next civil war could be in Cameroon," 30 May 2018 French gendarmes block an access to Trebes, where a man took hostages at a supermarket on March 23, 2018 in Trebes, southwest France. Lisa Marie Segarra, Time, "3 Hostages Dead, Suspect Killed by Police: The Latest on the French Hostage Siege," 23 Mar. 2018 China likely sees high demand for the vehicles in the Third World, particularly Africa and the Middle East, as well as domestic demand for the People's Armed Police (China's version of European gendarme-style paramilitary police). Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Parades Its Newest Tanks and Armored Vehicles," 8 Nov. 2016 On Saturday, five gendarmes and one civilian were killed when their vehicle hit an explosive device between the rural communes of Boungou and Ougarou in the far east. Brahima Ouedraogo, Fox News, "In heart of West Africa, Burkina Faso faces rising extremism," 15 Aug. 2018 About halfway into the ordeal, the gendarmes arrived. Rawiya Kameir, Vogue, "Does Citizenship Shape Identity? A “Third-Culture” Writer Takes Stock," 19 Oct. 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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gendarme

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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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