- a staff serving as a symbol of office
- Heraldry a short, narrow bend: in England, a baton placed diagonally right to left (as seen by the viewer) and cut short at both ends signifies bastardy
- a slender stick used by a conductor in directing an orchestra, choir, etc.
- a hollow metal rod, with a knob at one or at each end, twirled in a showy way by a drum major or drum majorette
- the short, light rod passed from one runner to the next in a relay race
- a policeman's club; billy; truncheon
Origin of batonFrench bâton from Old French baston from Vulgar Latin an unverified form basto from Late Latin bastum, stick, probably of Gaulish origin, originally