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

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 in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of baton

French bâton, from Old French baston, ultimately from Late Latin bastum stick



BATON Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of baton for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BATON Defined for Kids

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noun ba·ton \bə-ˈtän, ba-\

Definition of baton for Students

  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



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