Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Obsolete form of baton.
  • n. A staff or cudgel.
  • n. An officer bearing a painted staff, who formerly was in attendance upon the king's court to take into custody persons committed by the court.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A staff or cudgel.
  • n. See Baton.
  • n. An officer bearing a painted staff, who formerly was in attendance upon the king's court to take into custody persons committed by the court.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stick, staff, or cudgel; a baton.
  • n. In architecture, a segmental molding used especially in the bases of columns; a torus.
  • n. A servant of the warden of the Fleet, who attended the king's courts as an officer, carrying a red truncheon.

Etymologies

Old French baston (Wiktionary)

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