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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: bâton, from Late Latin bastum 'stick'


Related topics: Music, Other Sports, Police
bat‧on [countable]
1APM a short thin stick used by a conductor (=the leader of a group of musicians) to direct the music
2DSO a short light stick that is passed from one person to another during a race
3SCP a short thick stick used as a weapon by a police officer [= truncheon]
4PGO a short stick that is carried as a sign of a special office or rank
5 a light metal stick that is spun and thrown into the air by a majorette

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