Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A body of French gendarmes.
  • n. Slang A group of police officers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A military body charged with police duties among the civilian population.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The French police force; the body of gendarmes or gendarmes collectively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Formerly, in France, a body of cavalry, first organized under this name by Charles VII.; cavalry in general. The special corps of gendarmerie of the army were suppressed in 1778, excepting the Scotch company, the most ancient.
  • n. The armed police of France, consisting of mounted and unmounted gendarmes, first organized in 1790 as a standing militia for the enforcement of law and the preservation of order.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. French police force; a group of gendarmes or gendarmes collectively

Etymologies

French, from Old French, calvary, from gent d'armes, gendarme, mounted soldier; see gendarme.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the French gendarmerie. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The gendarmerie is the elite paramilitary force of the Congo.

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  • Blue as the gendarmerie were the waves of the sea,

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  • What is necessary now is to train and equip more Iraqi security forces, and we have proposed to train Iraqi gendarmerie, that is, military force.

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  • Next day little boys were scraping the village over like fowls in a farmyard, getting a chip 'ere an' a shaving there, an 'making themselves such a nuisance that there was talk of calling the gendarmerie out.

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  • Fully aware that he was regularly and systematically deceived by the ordinary officials, he formed a body of well-paid officers, called the gendarmerie, who were scattered over the country, and ordered to report directly to his Majesty whatever seemed to them worthy of attention.

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  • The U.S., which occupied Haiti for the next 19 years, disbanded the army and created a replacement called the gendarmerie or "garde," which fought alongside the Marines against Haitian guerrillas who opposed the U.S. presence.

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  • Francis I. had the advantage in artillery and in heavy cavalry, called at that time the gendarmerie, that is to say, the corps of men-at-arms in heavy armor with their servants; but his troops were inferior in effectives to the Imperialists, and Charles V. 's two generals, Bourbon and Pescara, were, as men of war, far superior to

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  • Kılıç calling the gendarmerie first after his release by the PKK instead of the police has led to further suspicion about his links to the clandestine organization.

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  • "He called the gendarmerie the equivalent of 10 times a day, seven days a week, which suggests something abnormal going on," said plaintiff attorney Orhan Kemal Cengiz.

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  • "Gendarmerie, were a heavy cavalry formerly used in the French armies; the term formerly signified men in complete armour."

    October 9, 2008