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
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)