Definition of truncheon noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtrʌntʃən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrʌntʃən//
(especially British English) The police, Weapons
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= baton (1) Some of the prisoners were beaten about the head with rubber truncheons. See related entries: The police, Weapons Word OriginMiddle 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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