[ truhn-chuhn ]
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  1. the club carried by a police officer; billy.

  2. a staff representing an office or authority; baton.

  1. the shattered shaft of a spear.

  2. Obsolete. cudgel; bludgeon.

verb (used with object)
  1. Archaic. to beat with a club.

Origin of truncheon

1300–50; Middle English tronchon fragment <Middle French <Vulgar Latin *trunciōn-, stem of *trunciō literally, a lopping. See trunk, -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for truncheon


/ (ˈtrʌntʃən) /

  1. mainly British a short thick club or cudgel carried by a policeman

  2. a baton of office: a marshal's truncheon

  1. archaic a short club or cudgel

  2. the shaft of a spear

  1. (tr) to beat with a truncheon

Origin of truncheon

C16: from Old French tronchon stump, from Latin truncus trunk; see truncate

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