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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gendarme a French policeman
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gendarme An armed policeman in France.
    • Gendarme (Mil) One of a body of heavy cavalry.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gendarme Originally, in France, a man-at-arms; a knight or cavalier armed at all points and commanding a troop; afterward, a member of a company or corps of cavalry; a cavalryman: sometimes also used for soldier in general.
    • n gendarme In France, since the Revolution, one of the corps of national police, a body organized, uniformed, and drilled like soldiers, and considered, in a sense, a privileged corps of the French army: also used for a policeman of a similar corps in some other European countries. See gendarmerie, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gendarme jang-darm′ originally a mounted lancer, but since the Revolution one of a corps of military police, divided into legions and companies
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. gendarme, sing. from pl. gens d'armes, men-at-arms—gens, people, de, of, armes, arms.


In literature:

This opens their eyes at last, and at that moment, a gendarme appears and announces that the Inspector has arrived.
"A Survey of Russian Literature, with Selections" by Isabel Florence Hapgood
The door opened, and there appeared three gendarmes holding a man by the collar.
"Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year" by E.C. Hartwell
And he is bringing the gendarmes with him!
"The Cruise of the Thetis" by Harry Collingwood
The gendarmes started back.
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs
They believed me, and the gendarmes for a whole month tried in vain to find the author of this accident.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
An old gendarme of a mother who manages everything.
"The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Alphonse Daudet
The mayor, on hearing this, had despatched a party of gendarmes in search of the missing people.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
He saw the backs of two Italian gendarmes, and pushing aside the little knot of idlers, he came into the centre of the group and stopped.
"The Angel of Terror" by Edgar Wallace
At this delightful town we had unlimited parole, not even a gendarme accompanying us.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
A polite gendarme threw his shadow on the path.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Got pally with six French gendarmes and hope to see them again when I have another spell off.
"Shelled by an Unseen Foe" by James Fiske
It was close to Paul's head, and looking down he saw three gendarmes peering round and round the room.
"Paul Gerrard" by W.H.G. Kingston
Several gendarmes formed her escort.
"Which?" by Ernest Daudet
Gendarmes arrived, and would have arrested me on a charge of having knocked down some thirty-seven of their number.
"Much Darker Days" by Andrew Lang (AKA A. Huge Longway)
In some parts of Germany, the country police or gendarmes are searching the farm houses thrice weekly.
"Face to Face with Kaiserism" by James W. Gerard
Messieurs les gendarmes, let her go!
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
Meanwhile I told Stopford about Mahon and the gendarmes.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
At length the door opened, two gendarmes appeared, and N. F. was consigned to their hands and removed.
"Cornelius O'Dowd Upon Men And Women And Other Things In General Originally Published In Blackwood's Magazine - 1864" by Charles Lever
The gendarmes are ugly if the law is broken.
"Mary Louise Solves a Mystery" by L. Frank Baum
As we crossed the frontier a French gendarme and Spanish civil guard appeared, demanding passports.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell

In poetry:

You see the bridge there by the House of Artists?
A few steps before that bridge
gendarmes shot a worker dead
who was walking in front of me.
"Sometimes we are tied down" by Jaroslav Seifert

In news:

Gendarmes block access to a killing site near Chevaline, French Alps, Sept 5.
View full size Laurent Cipriani / AP Photo Journalists wait in front of Gendarmes, who block access to a site where people were shot to death near Chevaline, French Alps, Thursday.
While that transaction netted a sizeable profit— a 95% return in 2009 and 23% during the first nine months of 2010—it's still too early for numbers on his recent investment in Gendarme Fragrances LL- Fragrance -620x480.