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truncheon

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noun trun·cheon \ˈtrən-chən\

Definition of truncheon

  1. 1a :  a police officer's billy clubb :  baton 2c obsolete :  club, bludgeon

  2. 2 :  a shattered spear or lance

Examples of truncheon in a Sentence

  1. police officers were forced to use their truncheons on the rioters

Origin and Etymology of truncheon

Middle English tronchoun, from Anglo-French trunchun, from Vulgar Latin *truncion-, *truncio, from Latin truncus trunk


First Known Use: 14th century

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truncheon

verb trun·cheon

Definition of truncheon

archaic

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to beat with a truncheon

Circa 1598

First Known Use of truncheon

circa 1598



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