Definition of truncheon in English:

truncheon

Line breaks: trun|cheon
Pronunciation: /ˈtrʌn(t)ʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

chiefly British
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.
Synonyms
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.

Origin

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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