Thursday, 23 August 2012

Entry: gendarmes (n.)

In context: "'You believe we are underestimating to see all you as selfish, decadent.  But the question has been raised: are we cells of Canada alone in this view?  Aren't you afraid, you of your government and gendarmes?'"

Definition: A policeman. slang.

 (Chiefly pl.) In the older French army, a horseman in full armour, having several others under his command; in later times, a mounted trooper, esp. of the royal companies. Obs. exc. Hist.


Other: If you have basic French this is an easy one: 

Etymology:  < French gendarme, a singular formed from the plural gens d'armes men of arms; hence a fresh plural gendarmes. Some confusion between these forms is evident in English writers; in modern French the spelling gens d'armes is restricted to the historic sense

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Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

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