Baton Definition

bə-tŏn, bă-, bătn
batons
noun
batons
A staff serving as a symbol of office.
Webster's New World
A slender stick used by a conductor in directing an orchestra, choir, etc.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
The short, light rod passed from one runner to the next in a relay race.
Webster's New World
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verb

To strike with a baton.

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Other Word Forms of Baton

Noun

Singular:
baton
Plural:
batons, btons

Origin of Baton

  • French bâton from Old French baston stick from Vulgar Latin bastō *bastōn-

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French bâton.

    From Wiktionary

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