gen·​dar·​mer·​ie | \ zhän-ˈdär-mə-rē How to pronounce gendarmerie (audio) , jän-\
variants: or gendarmery
plural gendarmeries

Definition of gendarmerie

: a body of gendarmes

Examples of gendarmerie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

But few units of the army or gendarmerie security forces are yet able to stand on their own feet. Sebastian Shukla, Tim Lister And Clarissa Ward, CNN, "The forgotten crisis that has displaced 1.2 million people," 27 June 2019 The gendarmerie—the Turkish army’s law-enforcement arm—should have records of any bodies found, as well as photos of the corpses. Matthew Wolfe, Harper's magazine, "Without a Trace," 10 Feb. 2019 Since his arrest in April, he had been held in a cell in the barracks of the Vatican’s gendarmerie. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Vatican Ex-Diplomat Convicted of Child Pornography Charges," 23 June 2018 Italian authorities have since confirmed to National Geographic that the find is the result of a significant criminal investigation known as Operazione Artemide (Operation Artemis), led by Italy's national gendarmerie, the Carabinieri. National Geographic, "Horses Found in Pompeii May Have Been Harnessed to Flee Eruption," 24 May 2018 Beltrame, 44, was a lieutenant colonel in the gendarmerie, a part of the French military that focuses on domestic policing. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "‘He saved lives’: Arnaud Beltrame, police officer who traded places with a hostage, to be honored by France," 24 Mar. 2018 The Vatican said in a statement that its police force, known as the gendarmerie, had arrested Italian Msgr. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Vatican Diplomat Arrested on Child Porn Suspicions," 7 Apr. 2018 The former diplomat, who served most recently at the Holy See’s embassy in Washington, was being held in a cell in the gendarmerie’s barracks, the statement said. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Vatican Diplomat Arrested on Child Porn Suspicions," 7 Apr. 2018 The Vatican on Saturday said Monsignor Carlo Capella was being held in gendarmerie barracks inside the Vatican, and that his arrest follows a Vatican investigation. Fox News, "Vatican arrests diplomat accused of viewing child porn," 7 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gendarmerie.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of gendarmerie

1795, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gendarmerie

French gendarmerie, from gendarme

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about gendarmerie

Statistics for gendarmerie

Last Updated

8 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for gendarmerie

The first known use of gendarmerie was in 1795

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on gendarmerie

Britannica English: Translation of gendarmerie for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about gendarmerie

Comments on gendarmerie

What made you want to look up gendarmerie? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a small bunch of flowers

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!