from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of the French national police organization constituting a branch of the armed forces with responsibility for general law enforcement.
- n. Slang A police officer.
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- n. A member of the gendarmerie, a military body charged with police duties.
- n. Policeman.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of a body of heavy cavalry.
- n. An armed policeman in France.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, in France, a man-at-arms; a knight or cavalier armed at all points and commanding a troop; afterward, a member of a company or corps of cavalry; a cavalryman: sometimes also used for soldier in general.
- n. In France, since the Revolution, one of the corps of national police, a body organized, uniformed, and drilled like soldiers, and considered, in a sense, a privileged corps of the French army: also used for a policeman of a similar corps in some other European countries. See gendarmerie, 2.
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- n. a French policeman
French, from Old French gent d'armes, gendarme, sing. of gens d'armes, mounted soldiers, men-at-arms : gens, people, men (from Latin gentēs, pl. of gēns, clan; see genə- in Indo-European roots) + de, of (from Latin dē; see de-) + armes, pl. of arme, weapon; see arm2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)