Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

baton

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

Simple Definition of baton

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  cudgel, truncheon; specifically :  billy club

  2. 2 :  a staff borne as a symbol of office

  3. 3 :  a narrow heraldic bend

  4. 4 :  a slender rod with which a leader directs a band or orchestra

  5. 5 :  a hollow cylinder carried by each member of a relay team and passed to the succeeding runner

  6. 6 :  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

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

baton

play
noun ba·ton \bə-ˈtän, ba-\

Definition of baton

  1. 1 :  a thin stick with which a leader directs an orchestra or band

  2. 2 :  a rod with a ball at one or both ends that is carried by a person leading a marching band

  3. 3 :  a stick that is passed from one runner to the next in a relay race





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up baton? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 7, 2016

a slight offense

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

kittly-benders duvet pince-nez spindrift
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ