gendarme

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English[edit]

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Borrowed from French gendarme.

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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.
  3. A rock pinnacle on a mountain ridge.
    • 1979, Chris Jones, Climbing in North America, ISBN 0520036379, page 118:
      The previous attempts foundered when they tried to take this gendarme directly.
    • 1998, Climbing - Issues 178-180, page 64:
      The Arete starts easily, with several beautiful, loping pitches leading to a striking gendarme.
    • 2013, Joe Kelsey, Climbing and Hiking in the Wind River Mountains, ISBN 1493001353, page 259:
      Continuing to the main summit involves ascents of the gendarmes (the first being the owl-eared one referred to in the next route description) and 140-foot rappels down their south sides.

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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".

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (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]

Borrowed from French gendarme.

Noun[edit]

gendarme m (plural gendarmi)

  1. policeman (armed)

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

gendarme m (plural gendarmes)

  1. gendarme (member of the gendarmerie)

Spanish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French gendarme.

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gendarme m (plural gendarmes)

  1. (law enforcement) policeman (armed)