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Meaning of gendarme

gen•darme

Pronunciation: (zhän'därm Fr. zhän&sylpdarm'), [key]
— pl. -darmes
  1. a police officer in any of several European countries, esp. a French police officer.
  2. a soldier, esp. in France, serving in an army group acting as armed police with authority over civilians.
  3. (formerly) a cavalryman in charge of a French cavalry squad.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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