- a diminutive of the bend sinister, couped at the extremities: used in England as a mark of bastardy.
- a similar diminutive of the ordinary bend.
Origin of baton
Examples from the Web for baton
The Obama administration took up the baton in 2009 and has since become the most evidence-based administration in history.
But the most recent poll of the race, conducted for the Baton Rouge Fox affiliate, has Landrieu ahead of Cassidy 36 to 32 percent.
You see, as far as passing the baton down, Michael used to look at Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and James Brown.Quincy Jones Talks Chicago’s Mean Streets, Why Kanye West Is No Michael Jackson, and Bieber|Marlow Stern|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I mean, you run the best race you can run, you hand off the baton.
That means a lot of kids are going to come to Baton Rouge and try college for a while, not like it, and leave.
He had already won his Marshal's baton, and the King could do no more for him unless by making him minister or a peer of France.Cousin Betty|Honore de Balzac
Bobby stepped forward, drew a baton be-ribboned like those carried by the nominating committee of the M. O. R.The Girls of Central High|Gertrude W. Morrison
If Frossard wanted the baton of marshal of France he could win it alone.A History of the Third French Republic|C. H. C. Wright
The drum major following the staff turned and swung his baton, then resumed his former position.Mortmain|Arthur Cheny Train
Stonewall Cogswell got the credit for the victory and received his marshal's baton as a result.Mercenary|Dallas McCord Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for baton
- a short stick carried for use as a weapon, as by a policeman; truncheon
- (as modifier)a baton charge
Word Origin for baton
Word Origin and History for baton
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," 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 from 1841 (from 1839 as a French word in English). Often anglicized 17c.-18c. as batoon.