Definition of gendarme noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈʒɒndɑːm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʒɑːndɑːrm//
(from French) The police
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a member of the French police force See related entries: The police Word Originmid 16th cent. (originally denoting a mounted officer in the French army): French, from gens d'armes ‘men of arms’. The current sense dates from the late 18th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gendarme