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English definition of “baton”

baton

noun [C] uk   /ˈbæt.ɒn/ us    /bəˈtɑːn/

baton noun [C] (MUSIC)

a stick used by a conductor (= person who controls the performance of a group of musicians) to show the speed of the music

baton noun [C] (SPORT)

a stick that is passed from one runner to another in a relay race

baton noun [C] (MARCHING)

a hollow metal stick that a majorette or drum major turns and throws while marching

baton noun [C] (WEAPON)

(UK also truncheon, US also nightstick) a thick, heavy stick used as a weapon by police officers
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