Crossword clues for gendarme
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Gendarme \Gen`darme"\, n.; pl. Gendarmes, or Gens d'armes.
(Mil.) One of a body of heavy cavalry. [Obs.] [France]
An armed policeman in France.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1540s, "mounted trooper," from French contraction (14c.) of gens d'armes "men at arms," later applied to military police (1796 in English). Gens is plural of gent "nation, people," from Latin gentem (nominative gens) "race, nation, people" (see genus). Related: Gendarmerie. French also had gens de (la) robe "lawyers," sometimes borrowed in English.
n. 1 A member of the gendarmerie, a military body charged with police duties. 2 policeman.
n. a French policeman
A gendarme is a member of a gendarmerie, although the word is often incorrectly used to refer to any French policeman.
Gendarme may also refer to:
- Gendarme (historical) (or gens d'arme), a French medieval or early modern cavalryman
- Gendarme (mountaineering), an isolated pinnacle of rock on a mountain peak or ridge
A gendarme was a heavy cavalryman of noble birth, primarily serving in the French army from the Late Medieval to the Early Modern periods of European history. Their heyday was in the late fifteenth to mid sixteenth centuries, when they provided the Kings of France with a potent regular force of heavily armoured, lance-armed cavalry which, when properly employed, could dominate the battlefield.
Usage examples of "gendarme".
My knees almost melted at the double entendre, but I stiffened them and reminded my libido that he was a thief who had cruelly stolen my aquamanile and left me at the mercy of the gendarmes.
I stiffened them and reminded my libido that he was a thief who had cruelly stolen my aquamanile and left me at the mercy of the gendarmes.
It was the sign of a marchand des armures, and having provided myself with those persuasive arguments, a sergent-de-ville and a gendarme, I entered.
On the sixth day of the iron council, as the mile-long track-stretch swallows its own tail and moves, as the train enters a dreamish landscape of bruised succulents and the summer comes down on them, a posse of gendarmes and bounty hunters arrives.
He had immediately gone to the gendarmes to shout the story to them, and demand that they should bring the guilty hussy back, chained to her accomplice, and both of them with gyves about their wrists.
Mimette soon afterwards, the gendarme whom Olivet had left as a watchdog was standing in the hall, looking very official and determined, if perhaps a little vague as to what he was supposed to be determined about.
Sergeant Olivet and followed by three gendarmes, Mimette, Philippe, and Yves rushed down the chapel aisle towards him.
As for the conduct of the two gendarmes Ratel and Mallet, it deserves the severest penalty of the law.
The gendarmes clambered back into the covered coaches still laughing and chattering, and Ruffy came forward with a ground sheet and handed it to Bruce.
Around him Ruffy and the four gendarmes moved excitedly, inspecting the dead, exclaiming, laughing the awkward embarrassed laughter of men freshly released from mortal danger.
One of the gendarmes started to snore softly and Ruffy shot out a huge booted foot that landed in the small of his back.
Old Tabaret took from his pocket-book a bank note, which he handed to the gendarme.
Only a day or two before an armoured motor-car, with German officers disguised in French uniforms, paid us a stealthy visit, and, after shooting three gendarmes in reply to their insistent challenge, ended its temerarious career one dark night by rushing headlong over the broken arch of a bridge into the chasm beneath.
The cellar the autonomists occupied when they killed those two gendarmes belongs to one of my pieds noirs.
Within the space of minutes, she glimpsed beggars, peasant labourers, tradesmen and shopkeepers, market women and grisettes, students, liveried servants and footmen, assorted soberly clad bourgeois, sailors, uniformed gendarmes, Royal Guardsmen and shabbily bedizened females who could only have been prostitutes, mingling freely in the streets.