gendarme

noun
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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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, "3 police officers shot dead in France during domestic violence call," 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, "Jane Smiley’s new novel gives voice to her favorite animal, the horse," 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, "An Incandescent Inanity," 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, "One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack," 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, "Journalists are among those punished for prioritizing justice and truth above all," 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, "Pope Francis promised to clean up the Vatican’s murky finances," 21 Nov. 2019 The gunshots that hit them were fired from the van of these gendarmes. Boubacar Diallo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "4 dead as Guineans protest president’s bid to extend power," 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, "A Survivor’s Diary Emerges From Auschwitz," 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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“Gendarme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gendarme. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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gendarme

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gendarme

: a police officer especially : a police officer in a country where French is spoken

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