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noun ba·ton \bə-ˈtän, ba- also ˈba-tən\

: a thin stick that is used by a music conductor to lead a band or orchestra

: a long thin stick with a ball at one end or both ends that is carried by someone who performs with or leads a marching band

: a stick that is passed from one runner to the next runner in a relay race

Full Definition of BATON

:  cudgel, truncheon; specifically :  billy club
:  a staff borne as a symbol of office
:  a narrow heraldic bend
:  a slender rod with which a leader directs a band or orchestra
:  a hollow cylinder carried by each member of a relay team and passed to the succeeding runner
:  a hollow metal rod with a weighted bulb at one or both ends that is flourished by a drum major or drum majorette

Examples of BATON

  1. The majorette twirled the baton.
  2. <the detainee claimed that the police had beat him with their batons even after he had been shackled>

Origin of BATON

French bâton, from Old French baston, ultimately from Late Latin bastum stick
First Known Use: 1520

Other Heraldry Terms

blazon, cachet, couchant, dormant, escutcheon, potent, standard, totem

Rhymes with BATON

aeon, add-on, agon, agone, Akan, Ambon, Amman, anon, Anshan, archon, argon, Argonne, atman, axon, bank on, barchan, big on, Bion, blouson, bon ton, bonbon, boron, boson, bouillon, bring on, build on, bygone, caisson, call on, canton, capon, cast on, catch on, Ceylon, chaconne, Charon, chew on, chiffon, chiton, chrismon, Cimon, cistron, clip-on, codon, come-on, cordon, coupon, crampon, crayon, crepon, cretonne, crouton, Dacron, dead-on, Dear John, doggone, Dogon, Don Juan, exon, fall on, flacon, foregone, form on, Freon, fronton, futon, Garonne, get on, Gibran, gluon, gnomon, go on, guidon, hadron, Hainan, hand on, hands-on, hang on, have on, hazan, head-on, Henan, hereon, high on, hit on, hogan, hold on, Huainan, icon, intron, ion, jargon, Jinan, jomon, kanban, kaon, Kashan, keen on, Khoisan, Kirman, koan, krypton, kurgan, Kurgan, lauan, lepton, let on, lock on, log on, look on, Luzon, macron, Masan, Medan, Memnon, meson, micron, Milan, mod con, moron, mouton, Multan, muon, natron, nekton, neon, nephron, neuron, neutron, ninon, Nippon, nylon, odds-on, Oman, Oran, Orlon, paeon, parton, Pathan, pavane, pecan, peon, Phaëthon, photon, phyton, pick on, pion, piton, plankton, pluton, pompon, prion, proton, Pusan, push on, put-on, pylon, python, racon, radon, rag on, rayon, recon, rhyton, run-on, run on, Saint John, Saipan, salon, San Juan, Schliemann, Schumann, Shaban, shaman, shaitan, Shingon, sign on, sit on, slip-on, snap-on, solon, Solon, soupçon, soutane, stand on, stolon, stuck on, Suwon, sweet on, Taiwan, taipan, take on, tampon, taxon, Teflon, Tehran, teston, thereon, Tian Shan, tisane, torchon, toucan, toyon, trade on, trigon, Tristan, triton, trogon, try on, Tucson, turned-on, turn on, Typhon, tzigane, uhlan, Ulsan, upon, wait on, walk-on, witan, whereon, Wonsan, wonton, work on, Wuhan, xenon, Xi'an, Yukon, Yunnan, zircon
BATON Defined for Kids


noun ba·ton \bə-ˈtän, ba-\

Definition of BATON for Kids

:  a thin stick with which a leader directs an orchestra or band
:  a rod with a ball at one or both ends that is carried by a person leading a marching band
:  a stick that is passed from one runner to the next in a relay race


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