WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
gen•darme /ˈʒɑndɑrm, -ˈdɑrm/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]

    Governmenta police officer in some European countries, esp. France.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
gen•darme  (zhändärm; Fr. zhän darm), 
n., pl. -darmes 
    (-därmz; Fr. -darm). 
  1. Governmenta police officer in any of several European countries, esp. a French police officer.
  2. Militarya soldier, esp. in France, serving in an army group acting as armed police with authority over civilians.
  3. Military(formerly) a cavalryman in charge of a French cavalry squad.
Etymology:
  • Middle French, earlier gens d'armes, alteration of gent d'armes people at arms
  • 1540–50


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

gendarme /ˈʒɒndɑːm; French: ʒɑ̃darm/ n
  1. a member of the police force in France or in countries formerly influenced or controlled by France
  2. a sharp pinnacle of rock on a mountain ridge, esp in the Alps
Etymology: 16th Century: from French, from gens d'armes people of arms



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