Truncheon
Truncheon Trun"cheon, n. [OE. tronchoun the shaft of a broken spear, broken piece, OF. tronchon, tron?on, F. tron?on, fr. OF. & F. tronce, tronche, a piece of wood; cf. OF. trons, tros, trois; all perhaps from L. thyrsus a stalk, stem, staff. See {Thyrsus}, and cf. {Trounce}.] 1. A short staff, a club; a cudgel; a shaft of a spear. [1913 Webster]

With his truncheon he so rudely struck. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. A baton, or military staff of command. [1913 Webster]

The marshal's truncheon nor the judges robe. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A stout stem, as of a tree, with the branches lopped off, to produce rapid growth. --Gardner. [1913 Webster]


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  • Truncheon — Trun cheon, v. t. To beat with a truncheon. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • truncheon — [trun′chən] n. [ME tronchoun < OFr tronchon < VL * truncio < L truncus, a stem, TRUNK] 1. Obs. a short, thick club; cudgel 2. any staff or baton used as a symbol of authority 3. Chiefly Brit. a policeman s stick or billy 4. Obs. the… …   English World dictionary

  • truncheon — index beat (strike), cudgel, lash (strike) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • truncheon — c.1300, shaft of a spear, also short stick, cudgel, from O.N.Fr. tronchon, O.Fr. tronchon (11c.) a piece cut off, thick stick, stump, from V.L. *truncionem (nom. *truncio), from L. truncus (see TRUNK (Cf. trunk)). Meaning staff as a symbol of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • truncheon — ► NOUN chiefly Brit. ▪ a short thick stick carried as a weapon by a police officer. ORIGIN Old French tronchon stump , from Latin truncus trunk …   English terms dictionary

  • truncheon — UK [ˈtrʌntʃ(ə)n] / US [ˈtrʌntʃən] noun [countable] Word forms truncheon : singular truncheon plural truncheons a short thick stick carried by a police officer as a weapon …   English dictionary

  • truncheon — I. noun Etymology: Middle English tronchoun, from Anglo French trunchun, from Vulgar Latin *truncion , *truncio, from Latin truncus trunk Date: 14th century 1. a shattered spear or lance 2. a. obsolete club, bludgeon b. baton 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • truncheon — noun /ˈtɹʌntʃən/ a) A short staff, a club; a cudgel. Helpe me that thys truncheoune were oute of my syde, for hit stykith so sore that hit nyghe sleyth me. b) A baton, or military staff of …   Wiktionary

  • Truncheon — Something broken or cut off, a fragment, usually of a spear or *lance; also, the shaft of a spear; the stump of a tree; then a thick stick or cudgel; a staff of office. When, in the 14c the king witnessed a duel at Smithfield or Cheapside, and he …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • truncheon — noun (esp. BrE) ADJECTIVE ▪ rubber VERB + TRUNCHEON ▪ be armed with, carry ▪ draw ▪ beat sb with ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

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