Definition of gendarmerie in US English:



  • 1A force of gendarmes.

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


Mid 16th century: French (see gendarme).