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 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 There are currently around 30 cases concerning suspected radicalisation within the police force and gendarmerie. The Economist, "France is shaken by the murder of four police officers," 12 Oct. 2019 Inside the gendarmerie station, Javed was met by the commander—an aristocratic-looking man with a powerful jaw—in full military uniform, enthroned behind a big wooden desk. Matthew Wolfe, Harper's magazine, "Without a Trace," 10 Feb. 2019 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

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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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4 Feb 2020

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“Gendarmerie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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