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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gendarmerie French police force; a group of gendarmes or gendarmes collectively
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n gendarmerie The French police force; the body of gendarmes or gendarmes collectively.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gendarmerie 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 gendarmerie 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. The gendarmerie is recruited from picked men, generally from the regular army, and is organized into legions, departmental companies, and local lieutenancies, each of the last being divided into brigades of five or more men each. There are also special corps of maritime and colonial gendarmerie, the former for service at ports and naval stations. Detachments of gendarmerie accompany all armies in the field. The name is applied to similar organizations in some other countries. See gendarme, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gendarmerie the armed police of France
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. gendarmerie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. gendarme, sing. from pl. gens d'armes, men-at-arms—gens, people, de, of, armes, arms.


In literature:

During the day one Captain Pigeonne and his batch of gendarmerie arrived, with orders to clear Festubert of its civilian inhabitants.
"The Doings of the Fifteenth Infantry Brigade" by Edward Lord Gleichen
The same day the Emperor gave the chief command of the gendarmerie to the Duke of Rovigo.
"Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. I" by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon
The army consists of 4,800 men, with 3,500 gendarmerie, or police, such as ride in pairs all over Spain.
"Four Young Explorers" by Oliver Optic
The interior duty of Paris shall continue to be performed by the national guard, and by the corps of municipal gendarmerie.
"Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. II" by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon
By God, there are those ruffians, the gendarmerie.
"Linda Tressel" by Anthony Trollope
Then let the gentlemen of the police and the gendarmerie themselves make straight for the mark.
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
Here he was told by the gendarmerie that the headquarters of the Belgian flying corps was at Louvain.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
About two hours after sunrise it happened that a troop of papal gendarmerie came along.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Morestal, who had taken up the second receiver, she asked to be put on to the gendarmery.
"The Frontier" by Maurice LeBlanc
Let us come at once to the Gendarmerie and begin our vengeance.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 4 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Each governor has a special staff of police and gendarmery and his own police-court.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 2" by Various
Those two students were making a speech and were arrested and taken before the officers of the gendarmerie.
"Letters from China and Japan" by John Dewey
As I was crossing the square of the Gendarmerie, I saw a body of volunteers falling in to march off and join the army.
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
At about the same time the Gendarmerie was formed with British assistance.
"Area Handbook for Albania" by Eugene K. Keefe
Case's companion traded jeers and coarse laughter with the gendarmerie, and the truck rolled on down a wide avenue.
"Beyond The Thunder" by H. B. Hickey
Change the brigadier in command of the gendarmerie there.
"The Fortunes Of Glencore" by Charles James Lever
The peace strength of the army is 29,000 (to which may be added a gendarmerie of 20,000).
"Problems of the Pacific" by Frank Fox
The Austrian gendarmerie sent by the convent authorities had come at last!
"The Shadow of the Czar" by John R. Carling
We disturbed the inmates of four hovels before finding the two-roomed building that served as gendarmerie headquarters.
"Eastern Nights - and Flights" by Alan Bott
Our gendarmerie will be organized by a virtuous Dane.
"The King of Alsander" by James Elroy Flecker

In news:

The riots were set off by the death of a young Berber taken in for questioning by the gendarmerie, the force responsible for order in the countryside.
Argentine officers from the National Gendarmerie shout during a protest outside their headquarters in Buenos Aires ( ENRIQUE MARCARIAN, REUTERS / October 3, 2012 ).
The Vatican gendarmerie has been an intriguing protagonist in the cloak-and-dagger "Vatileaks" case, set to wrap up yesterday with a verdict in the trial of a Holy See computer technician.