Definition of gendarmerie in English:



  • 1A force of gendarmes.

    • ‘Since there is no mass disturbance, there is no need of a more serious presence of the gendarmerie forces.’
    • ‘The Interior Ministry will now control both the police and the gendarmerie.’
    • ‘We think this kid will indeed be serving his country in uniform, but it won't be the natty blue of the gendarmerie.’
    • ‘The legal and judicial systems of Martinique are those of France, as are the police force and gendarmerie.’
    • ‘A national police force oversees urban areas, and a gendarmerie attends to rural peacekeeping.’
    • ‘Criminals are usually delivered to the police or the gendarmerie, a military police with a reputation of an uncorrupted elite force.’
    • ‘It was a calculated response to the fears of an oppressive gendarmerie which had motivated so much resistance to the force.’
    • ‘Napoleon brought opposition to conscription under control, instituting the gendarmerie and mobile columns of soldiers to track down draft-dodgers and deserters in the countryside.’
    • ‘In times of national crisis the gendarmerie can be used to reinforce the army.’
    • ‘The gendarmerie, police, and army eliminated many brigand bands.’
    • ‘The state also increased the budget for the military, police and gendarmerie at that time.’
    • ‘Having a short, light, accurate little carbine chambered for the same cartridge and possibly using the same magazine as your service pistol must have been comforting to the local gendarmerie.’
    • ‘Crime management is now provided by repressive police forces in the cities and towns and a gendarmerie in the countryside and a national guard in remote areas.’
    • ‘We need to bring in the international community, like international police, gendarmerie, carabinieri, to help us.’
    • ‘There are municipal and national police as well as gendarmeries in each commune.’
    • ‘The operation was carried out by the gendarmerie, which is equipped by the army.’
    • ‘They have become more like the French gendarmerie - a pseudo-paramilitary force that lives a barrack-style existence, sealed off from the public and rarely interacting with those it is supposed to serve.’
    • ‘However, in areas under a state of emergency or martial law, the gendarmerie functions under the military.’
    • ‘When the referee sent both players off they promptly had a brawl in the tunnel, which required the intervention of the local gendarmerie.’
    • ‘Under military agreements signed with eleven of the thirteen former colonies, armies and gendarmeries about 6,000 strong in each state were built up and trained by the French.’
    1. 1.1 The headquarters of a force of gendarmes.


Mid 16th century: French (see gendarme).