[kah-rah-bee-nye-re; English kar-uh-bin-yair-ee]
- a member of the Italian national police force, organized as a military unit and charged with maintaining public security and order as well as assisting local police.
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Examples from the Web for carabinieri
Two carabinieri fell to the cobblestone piazza in a pool of blood.Two Police Shot Outside PM’s Office as New Italian Government Sworn In
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The Carabinieri had to remove me from a rooftop party in Rome once.Gary Shteyngart: How I Write
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It seems that these carabinieri have remark-able memories; the old affair.
But I say, how is it that all these carabinieri we see are so tall?
"It shall be as the little signorina wishes;" and the carabinieri laughed.
"I could have let the carabinieri take you to prison," he said urbanely.
Oh, there was a devil of a mess; police agents, carabinieri, inspectors.
- an Italian national policeman
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Word Origin and History for carabinieri
"Italian police" (plural), from Italian carabinieri, plural of carabiniere, from French carabinier (see carabineer).
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