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"baton" in British English

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batonnoun [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 relayrace

baton noun [C] (MARCHING)

a ​hollowmetalstick that a majorette or drum majorturns and ​throws while ​marching

baton noun [C] (WEAPON)

(UK also truncheon, US also nightstick) a ​thick, ​heavystick used as a ​weapon by ​policeofficers
(Definition of baton from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"baton" in American English

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batonnoun [C]

 us   /bəˈtɑn/
any of ​variousspeciallydesignedsticks used in ​races, to ​lead a ​group of ​musicians, or ​thrown in the ​air by ​people who are ​marching: She ​twirls a baton as the ​paradepasses by. He ​waves his ​fork like a conductor’s baton.
(Definition of baton from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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