Definition of truncheon in English:


Syllabification: trun·cheon
Pronunciation: /ˈtrənCHən


chiefly British
  • 1A short, thick stick carried as a weapon by a police officer.
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    • Rowan and Mayne limited constables' weapons to the truncheon, carried concealed until 1863.
    • In France in May 1968, the gendarmerie and the police used water cannon, tear gas and truncheons to put down three-week-long Sorbonne riots, injuring nearly 400 persons.
    • Police in riot gear and carrying truncheons pushed them back, and several were arrested.
  • 1.1A staff or baton acting as a symbol of authority.
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    • The truncheon, or baton, is a military commander's sign of office.
    • The truncheons behind the shield bearing the duke's Arms refer to his office as Earl Marshal.


Middle English (denoting a piece broken off (especially from a spear), also a cudgel): from Old French tronchon 'stump', based on Latin truncus 'trunk'.

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