- a police officer in any of several European countries, especially a French police officer.
- a soldier, especially in France, serving in an army group acting as armed police with authority over civilians.
- (formerly) a cavalryman in charge of a French cavalry squad.
Origin of gendarme
Examples from the Web for gendarme
In September, Francis told the Swiss Guard and the Gendarme that the only real threats the Vatican faces are from within.Is The Pope Unprotected Now That He’s Fired the Head of the Swiss Guards?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 5, 2014
His father was executed in 1942 by a German gendarme after attempting to smuggle a packet of saccharine into the Ghetto.The Week in Death: Irving Milchberg, the Teenage Gunrunner of the Warsaw Ghetto
March 1, 2014
A French gendarme on the case has been dispatched to London, where he will be joined by three additional French investigators.Is Iraqi Family Fight Behind Mysterious Murders in French Alps?
September 7, 2012
He was shot at the same time as Silvere by Rengade, the gendarme.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
I was there when the gendarme blew his brains out with a pistol.
The gendarme understood that the man was surrendered to him.
With that terrible laugh of his, he was wont to remark that he was 'God's gendarme.'Abbe Mouret's Transgression
I will show you the pig of a Newfoundlander who half killed a gendarme.Billy Topsail & Company
- a member of the police force in France or in countries formerly influenced or controlled by France
- a slang word for a policeman
- a sharp pinnacle of rock on a mountain ridge, esp in the Alps
Word Origin and History for gendarme
1540s, "mounted trooper," from French contraction (14c.) of gens d'armes "men at arms," later applied to military police (1796 in English). Gens is plural of gent "nation, people," from Latin gentem (nominative gens) "race, nation, people" (see genus). Related: Gendarmerie. French also had gens de (la) robe "lawyers," sometimes borrowed in English.