Batton or baton – which form is correct?

Batton or baton? Which of these two words is correct? Is it single or double “t”? Or perhaps they are both correct and can be used interchangeably? In this article we will try to find the answer to the question whether it is batton or baton.

Batton or baton? Which form is correct meaning definition correct form difference examples

Batton or baton? – which one is correct?

The answer is that there is only one correct form of this word and it is baton. Batton is an incorrect spelling of baton. Some sources claim that batton is an alternative spelling of the word batten, however, if you enter batton in any online dictionary, it shows no results, so it is safer if you do not use the spelling batton at all.

Baton – the meaning

Baton is a word with various definitions, but there is one thing they all have in common: it refers to a stick. However, there are different types of batons. Read the following section to make sure you know them all!

Types of batons

  1. A thin light stick used by a conductor who is in control of an orchestra to show the speed of music
  2. A short light stick that is passed from one runner to another in a relay race
  3. A hollow metal stick that a majorette or drum major turns and throws while marching in a parade
  4. A short heavy stick that police officers carry as a weapon

Now that you know all the meanings of the word baton, read the following section with the examples of how to use it!

Batton or baton? Examples from the literature and press

A group of men soon appeared, accompanied by several police officers with their batons drawn.

Aden Polydoros, The City Beautiful

At first, I walk around the room, waving my arms as if I’m carrying a baton—like the conductor I saw at the New York Philharmonic concert with my mom.

Janae Marks, A Soft Place to Land

He says the baton has been passed on to his generation to fight for economic change.

BBC, Dec 5, 2023

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After graduating with a MA in English Philology, Kasia lived for almost five years in the UK facing the challenge of trying to master the intricacies of English language, which is her consuming passion. Other things she enjoys doing in her spare time are singing in a local parish band, embroidery, reading, cycling, and enjoying the outdoors with her family and friends.