• WordNet 3.6
    • n truncheon a short stout club used primarily by policemen
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Truncheon A baton, or military staff of command. "The marshal's truncheon nor the judges robe."
    • Truncheon A short staff, a club; a cudgel; a shaft of a spear. "With his truncheon he so rudely struck."
    • Truncheon A stout stem, as of a tree, with the branches lopped off, to produce rapid growth.
    • v. t Truncheon To beat with a truncheon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n truncheon A trunk, stock, or stump, as of a tree; hence, a tree the branches of which have been lopped off to produce rapid growth.
    • n truncheon The shaft of a spear or lance.
    • n truncheon A short staff; a club; a cudgel.
    • n truncheon A baton or staff of authority; specifically, in heraldry, the staff of the earl marshal of England. Two of these truncheons are borne saltierwise behind the escutcheon of the Duke of Norfolk who is hereditary earl marshal. See marshal's staff, under marshal.
    • truncheon To beat or belabor with a truncheon or club; cudgel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Truncheon trun′shun a short staff: a cudgel: a baton or staff of authority
    • v.t Truncheon to beat with a truncheon: to cudgel
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tronchoun, the shaft of a broken spear, broken piece, OF. tronchon, tronon, F. tronon, 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


In literature:

It was, for women, the devil's truncheon, his rod of empire.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
The Prince accordingly made a sign with his truncheon as the Knight passed him in his second career around the lists.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6" by Charles H. Sylvester
Sir Thomas having completed his formation, threw up his truncheon in the air, and dismounted.
"King Henry the Fifth" by William Shakespeare
There was a Class Five guard armed with a heavy truncheon, standing by the door that led into the workers entrance.
"But, I Don't Think" by Gordon Randall Garrett
And there the truncheon knocked twice, with its own head.
"The Water-Babies" by Charles Kingsley
With a quick motion of the hand, the constable opened the leather case at his side, and drew his truncheon.
"The Dark House" by Georg Manville Fenn
Dickens points off with truncheon, first entrance P.S.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Watching for signal from him whose truncheon this way or that bids: 'Strike!
"The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. II (2 vols)" by Thomas De Quincey
He bore in his hand what was called a truncheon, which was a sort of sceptre, very splendidly covered and adorned.
"Richard I" by Jacob Abbott
As if a little bit of a truncheon could bruise a ghost!
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Vol. I, No. 4, April 1810" by Various

In poetry:

Naked to the waist was I,
And deep within my breast did lie,
Though no man any blood could spy,
The truncheon of a spear.
"The Chapel In Lyonesse" by William Morris
"From the raised vizor's shade, his eye,
Dark-rolling, glanced the ranks along,
And his steel truncheon, waved on high,
Seem'd marshalling the iron throng.
"Cadyow Castle" by Sir Walter Scott
They took the ass into the yard
And there, with whip and truncheon,
They beat him, and they beat him hard,
From breakfast-time till luncheon.
He only gave a tearful gulp,
Though almost pounded to a pulp.
"The Pampered Lapdog And The Misguided Ass" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
The statue of the Prince of Orange is very grand,
Looking terror to the foe, with a truncheon in his hand,
And well mounted on a noble steed, which stands in the Trongate,
And holding up its foreleg, I'm sure it looks first-rate.
"Glasgow" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Riot police in the Polish capital used truncheons and rubber bullets on Sunday to break up a crowd of right-wing extremists who pelted them with firecrackers and lumps of concrete at a parade to mark the national holiday .
TUNIS , Tunisia (AP) – Police used tear gas and truncheons to disperse protesters seeking to march Monday along the Tunisian capital's main boulevard despite a ban on demonstrations there.
Police officers in helmets and wielding truncheons pushed some of the demonstrators on to city buses.
Riot police in the Polish capital used truncheons on Sunday to break up a crowd of right-wing extremists pelting them with firecrackers and lumps of concrete after a parade to mark the national holiday turn.
They said police with truncheons ended a rally outside parliament by a few dozen Moroccans , kicking and beating protesters including Abdelhamid Amine, the head of the Moroccan Human Rights Association.