noun, plural gen·darmes [zhahn-dahrmz; French zhahn-darm] /ˈʒɑn dɑrmz; French ʒɑ̃ˈdarm/.
Origin of gendarme
Related Words for gendarmedetective, force, man, deputy, policeman, constable, officer, marshal, trooper, policewoman, police, patrolman, corps, bluecoat, pig, blue, law, badge, bear, heat
Examples from the Web for gendarme
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of gendarme
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
Word Origin 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.