noun, plural gen·darmes [zhahn-dahrmz; French zhahn-darm] /ˈʒɑn dɑrmz; French ʒɑ̃ˈdarm/.
- genal gland,
- genappe yarn,
- gender bender,
- gender binary,
- gender dysphoria
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|DAILY BEAST
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|The Telegraph|March 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?|Tracy McNicoll|September 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
What struck me most at the time was that the gendarme officer who examined me offered me a cigarette.Resurrection|Leo Tolstoy
If a gendarme accosted me at night in the streets, I shook all over in the expectation of being removed to a French asylum.My Experiences in a Lunatic Asylum|Herman Charles Merivale
But the gendarme turned his terrible blood-stained face upon the onlookers, and they slunk off.
You have begun by negotiating, you must end by mounting your horse, sabre in hand, like a Parisian gendarme.The Physiology of Marriage, Complete|Honore de Balzac
The poacher boldly confessed that he had killed the gendarme, but he swore that the latter had been taking aim at him.
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.