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

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Recent Examples on the Web Maddy Scheurer, a spokeswoman for the French gendarmerie, echoed that message. Elian Peltier, New York Times, "Bare Breasts on French Beaches? You Can, Despite Police Warnings," 26 Aug. 2020 For four years, Assa Traoré has been fighting to establish the true circumstances surrounding the death of her brother, Adama Traoré, on July 19, 2016, on the premises of the gendarmerie of the village of Persan, forty miles north of Paris. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Assa Traoré and the Fight for Black Lives in France," 18 June 2020 The sport of rapid propulsion requires the proper equipment: a good radar detector, knowledge of local gendarmerie methods, and, most important, a stealthy accomplice. Martin Padgett Jr., Car and Driver, "Tested: 1993 Volkswagen Passat GLX Pairs Stealth with Speed," 15 June 2020 The office of the governor of Turkey's southern Sanliurfa region said one gendarmerie corporal and three local security personnel were killed. Washington Post, "World Digest: March 12, 2020," 12 Mar. 2020 No doubt, this length of service gave Gasnier the moral authority in the community to carry out his bold conspiracy against the occupiers; even the local gendarmerie went along with it. Matt Seaton, The New York Review of Books, "The Righteous Mayor of Vibraye," 12 Mar. 2020 The suspects include six F-16 pilots and four district gendarmerie commanders, the agency reported. Washington Post, "Turkey: 115 soldiers detained over links to US-based cleric," 14 Jan. 2020 Thomas took a 3-year leave of absence from the gendarmerie in order to work on his project. Christina Mackenzie, Popular Science, "These camera-equipped dog goggles keep special-forces canines connected to their handlers," 22 Jan. 2020 The local gendarmerie on the scene tweeted a photo of the bus on its side, its front window smashed. USA TODAY, "Bus carrying 32 passengers flips on its side: 29 injured, 4 of them seriously, in France," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of gendarmerie

1795, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gendarmerie

French gendarmerie, from gendarme

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“Gendarmerie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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