Definition of gendarme in English:


Syllabification: gen·darme
Pronunciation: /ˈZHändärm


  • 1An armed police officer in France and other French-speaking countries.
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    • It was also common to see the jeeps of the island's French gendarmes (military police) speeding by on the road loaded down with confiscated marijuana plants in the back.
    • There are several police forces, including internal security police, gendarmes, and military police.
    • Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
  • 2A rock pinnacle on a mountain, occupying and blocking an arête.


mid 16th century (originally denoting a mounted officer in the French army): French, from gens d'armes 'men of arms'. sense 1 dates from the late 18th century.

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