|1.||A staff or cudgel.|
|2.||(Her.) See Baton.|
|3.||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.|
BASTON. An old French word, which signifies a staff, or club, In some old English statutes the servants or officers of the wardens of the Fleet are so called, because they attended the king's courts with a red staff. Vide Tipstaff.