- 1A short, thick stick carried as a weapon by a police officer.More example sentences
- 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, especially that used by the Earl Marshal.More example sentences
- 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'.