gendarme

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Borrowing from French

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gendarme (plural gendarmes or gensdarmes)

  1. A member of the gendarmerie, a military body charged with police duties.
  2. Policeman.
    • 2003, Daniele Archibugi, Mathias Koenig-Archibugi, Debating Cosmopolitics, Verso, page 170 [1]:
      The US is tempted to play the role of global gendarme because everyone knows that the UN, as it is, lacks the resources and capacity to fill this role.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Singular extracted from plural gendarmes, which arose as a re-spelling of gens d' armes = "people of arms", "armed people".

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  • (file)
  • IPA(key): /ʒɑ̃.daʁm/

Noun[edit]

gendarme m (plural gendarmes)

  1. A member of the gendarmerie, a military body charged with police duties.
  2. firebug (the insect)

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French

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gendarme m (plural gendarmi)

  1. policeman (armed)

Spanish[edit]

Spanish Wikipedia has an article on:

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French

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gendarme m (plural gendarmes)

  1. (law enforcement) policeman (armed)