Truncheon

  • 1 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} …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Truncheon — Trun cheon, v. t. To beat with a truncheon. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3 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… …

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

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  • 5 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… …

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  • 6 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 …

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  • 7 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 …

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  • 8 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 …

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  • 9 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 …

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  • 10 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

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

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  • 12 truncheon — [[t]trʌ̱ntʃən[/t]] truncheons N COUNT A truncheon is a short, thick stick that is carried as a weapon by a policeman. [BRIT] (in AM, use billy) …

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  • 13 truncheon — /trun cheuhn/, n. 1. the club carried by a police officer; billy. 2. a staff representing an office or authority; baton. 3. the shattered shaft of a spear. 4. Obs. cudgel; bludgeon. v.t. 5. Archaic. to beat with a club. [1300 50; ME tronchon… …

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  • 14 truncheon — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. baton, staff, club. See authority. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. cudgel, bludgeon, war club, nightstick; see club 3 , stick , weapon 1 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. baton, billy club, cudgel, stick,… …

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  • 15 truncheon — trun|cheon [ˈtrʌnʃən] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: tronchon piece broken or cut off, stump , from Latin truncus; TRUNK] especially BrE a short thick stick that police officers carry as a weapon American Equivalent: nightstick …

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  • 16 truncheon — trun|cheon [ trʌntʃən ] noun count MAINLY BRITISH a NIGHTSTICK …

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  • 17 truncheon — [tronchon] , sb. == part of a broken spear. Alys. 3745 …

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  • 18 truncheon — trun·cheon || trÊŒntʃən n. club, cudgel; rod representing authority …

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  • 19 truncheon — [ trʌn(t)ʃ(ə)n] noun chiefly Brit. 1》 a short thick stick carried as a weapon by a police officer. 2》 a staff or baton acting as a symbol of authority, especially that used by the Earl Marshal. Origin ME (denoting a piece broken off, also a… …

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  • 20 truncheon — n. 1. Club, cudgel, short staff, partisan. 2. Staff (of command), wand, bâton. 3. Bolling, pollard …

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