Definition of truncheon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrən(t)SHən/


chiefly British
1A short, thick stick carried as a weapon by a police officer.
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.
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'.

Words that rhyme with truncheon

luncheon, scuncheon

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Syllabification: trun·cheon

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