gendarme

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noun gen·darme \ˈzhän-ˌdärm also ˈjän-\

Definition of gendarme

  1. 1 :  a member of a body of soldiers especially in France serving as an armed police force for the maintenance of public order

  2. 2 :  police officer

Examples of gendarme in a sentence

  1. <the senator reiterated his conviction that it is not the role of the United States to be a kind of global gendarme>

Origin and Etymology of gendarme

French, from Middle French, back-formation from gensdarmes, plural of gent d'armes, literally, armed people


First Known Use: 1793


GENDARME Defined for English Language Learners

gendarme

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noun gen·darme \ˈzhän-ˌdärm also ˈjän-\

Definition of gendarme for English Language Learners

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


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