Etymology
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baton (n.)

1540s, "a staff used as a weapon," from French bâton "stick, walking stick, staff, club, wand," from Old French baston (12c.) "stick, staff, rod," from Late Latin bastum "stout staff," which is probably of Gaulish origin or else from Greek *baston "support," from bastazein "to lift up, raise, carry." Meaning "staff carried as a symbol of office" is from 1580s; musical sense of "conductor's wand" is by 1823, from French. Often Englished 17c.-18c. as batoon.

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Definitions of baton

baton (n.)
a thin tapered rod used by a conductor to lead an orchestra or choir;
Synonyms: wand
baton (n.)
a short stout club used primarily by policemen;
Synonyms: truncheon / nightstick / billy / billystick / billy club
baton (n.)
a short staff carried by some officials to symbolize an office or an authority;
baton (n.)
a hollow metal rod that is wielded or twirled by a drum major or drum majorette;
baton (n.)
a hollow cylinder passed from runner to runner in a relay race;
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