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Gendarme \Gen`darme"\, n.; pl. Gendarmes, or Gens d'armes.

  1. (Mil.) One of a body of heavy cavalry. [Obs.] [France]

  2. An armed policeman in France.


n. (plural of gendarme English)

Usage examples of "gendarmes".

All down the Rue Beaune we ran, and already I could hear behind me the heavy and more leisured tramp of a couple of gendarmes who in their turn had started to give chase.

Ruffy and the other gendarmes were still firing down over the far side.

The ante-chamber was full of police agents and gendarmes, in the midst of whom, carefully watched, but calm and smiling, stood the prisoner.

The door opened, the two gendarmes gently pushed him forward, and the door closed with a loud sound behind him.

The two gendarmes who were opposite to him descended first, then he was ordered to alight and the gendarmes on each side of him followed his example.

In an instant he was placed in the stern-sheets of the boat, between the gendarmes, while the officer stationed himself at the bow.

We had thus, at Aigues-Mortes, Martigues, or Bouc, a dozen places where we left our goods, and where, in case of necessity, we concealed ourselves from the gendarmes and custom-house officers.

Upon reaching the room below, I found five or six custom-house officers, and two or three gendarmes — all heavily armed.

He wore trousers of blue cloth, boots tolerably clean, but not of the brightest polish, and a little too thick in the soles, buckskin gloves, a hat somewhat resembling in shape those usually worn by the gendarmes, and a black cravat striped with white, which, if the proprietor had not worn it of his own free will, might have passed for a halter, so much did it resemble one.

Compiegne, that royal residence and fortified town, is well furnished with authorities, gendarmes, and commissaries of police.

At one time he thought he was saved, for he heard the brigadier exclaim in a loud voice, to the two gendarmes, “He is not here!

The exclamations, the insults addressed to Benedetto, who remained perfectly unconcerned, the energetic gestures, the movement of the gendarmes, the sneers of the scum of the crowd always sure to rise to the surface in case of any disturbance — all this lasted five minutes, before the door-keepers and magistrates were able to restore silence.

The corporal in command of the gendarmes was exceedingly curt with me at first, but after a time he unbent and condescended to tell me that my landlord had been denounced for permitting a Bonapartiste club to hold its sittings in his house.

If I had the strength to seize and hold Theodore until the gendarmes came up, and before he had time to do away with the dog, the five thousand francs could still be mine.

One of the gendarmes prepared to go upstairs and bade me follow him, whilst he ordered his comrade to remain below and on no account to allow anyone to enter or leave the house.