gendarme

Part of speech: noun

Originally, in France, a man- at- arms; now, an armed policeman.

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Usage examples "gendarme":

  1. A little farther back, in the middle distance, he recognised by his peaked cap the gendarme, Gygi, as he paused in his digging and looked up to watch the fun; and beyond him again, solid in figure as she was unchanging in her affections, he saw Mrs. Postmaster, struggling with a bed sheet the pensionnaires des Glycines helped her shake in the evening breeze. - "A Prisoner in Fairyland", Algernon Blackwood.
  2. The altercation turned out to be between two men who had pushed their way into the building by the main staircase, and who became very abusive to the gendarme who ordered them out. - "Castles in the Air", Baroness Emmuska Orczy.
  3. I do not want you or any one else to teach me my duty, replied the gendarme, very stiffly. - "The Passenger from Calais", Arthur Griffiths.