Definition of gendarmerie in English:



  • 1A force of gendarmes.

    • ‘However, in areas under a state of emergency or martial law, the gendarmerie functions under the military.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a calculated response to the fears of an oppressive gendarmerie which had motivated so much resistance to the force.’
    • ‘We need to bring in the international community, like international police, gendarmerie, carabinieri, to help us.’
    • ‘Criminals are usually delivered to the police or the gendarmerie, a military police with a reputation of an uncorrupted elite force.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When the referee sent both players off they promptly had a brawl in the tunnel, which required the intervention of the local gendarmerie.’
    • ‘In times of national crisis the gendarmerie can be used to reinforce the army.’
    • ‘The operation was carried out by the gendarmerie, which is equipped by the army.’
    • ‘We think this kid will indeed be serving his country in uniform, but it won't be the natty blue of the gendarmerie.’
    • ‘The Interior Ministry will now control both the police and the 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The state also increased the budget for the military, police and gendarmerie at that time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The gendarmerie, police, and army eliminated many brigand bands.’
    • ‘There are municipal and national police as well as gendarmeries in each commune.’
    • ‘Since there is no mass disturbance, there is no need of a more serious presence of the gendarmerie forces.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 The headquarters of a force of gendarmes.


Mid 16th century: French (see gendarme).