\ ˈbaj How to pronounce badge (audio) \
plural badges

Definition of badge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a device or token especially of membership in a society or group
2 : a characteristic mark
3 : an emblem awarded for a particular accomplishment
4 British : button sense 1b Solicitors have reacted with dismay after Staffordshire courts ordered them to remove "political" badges.Birmingham Post


badged; badging; badges

Definition of badge (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to mark or distinguish (someone or something) with or as if with a badge Guests arrived and were counted and badged.The New Yorker They were dressed in uniform, too, but theirs were everyday uniforms, not ceremonial. Dark olive cloth, worn and creased, badged here and there with the unfamiliar insignia of their rank.— Lee Child My daughter's hands were raw and scraped from shucking four hundred oysters the night before, her knuckles badged with tiny, brilliant, forming scabs.— William Boyd

Examples of badge in a Sentence

Noun The policeman flashed his badge. Don't forget to wear your name badge. The receptionist glanced at my visitor's badge. She earned 10 merit badges in scouting. She was wearing a badge that read “Support your local library.”
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At least in Northern California, breaking state rules seemed to have helped local businesses, at least the ones that wear defiance as a badge of honor. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "'A lot of cowboys out here': Rural California embraces lockdown defiance," 12 Feb. 2021 Some in the world of rap music might have worn the time in prison as a badge of honor. New York Times, "Black Man Is Beaten on Camera, Thrusting French Police Into Spotlight," 4 Dec. 2020 Tom Cotton also seemed to wear that controversy as a badge of honor. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: For Tom Cotton," 10 Oct. 2020 Such schools normalize a brutal workweek, treating high dropout rates as a badge of honor, and instilling the idea that the games industry is a shark tank where only the strong survive. Sarah Jaffe, Wired, "The Rise of One of the First Video Game Workers Unions," 26 Jan. 2021 My $44,000 Toyota tester was certainly worthy of the Lexus badge. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Toyota Avalon gives richer Lexus cousin a run for the money (review)," 9 Jan. 2021 He hasn't been identified, but photographs showed a man with an easily visible employee badge from the company around his neck. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "A theater of propaganda: The Capitol, cameras and selfies," 11 Jan. 2021 Inside the Capitol, there are a large number of Oregon State Police and troopers are monitoring entrances to the building and checking the identify of everyone who enters with a key badge. oregonlive, "Heavy police presence at Oregon Capitol as lawmakers convene," 11 Jan. 2021 One man brazenly wore his work ID badge into the building and was terminated from his job after photos surfaced. Britni De La Cretaz,, "No, Antifa Didn’t Do This — Right Wing Extremists Planned This Siege For Weeks," 8 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of badge


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for badge


Middle English bage, bagge, of obscure origin

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The first known use of badge was in the 15th century

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26 Feb 2021

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“Badge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of badge

: a small object (such as a tag, pin, or metal shield) that is worn or held up by a person so that it can be easily seen, that has writing (such as a person's name) and often a picture on it, and that shows who the person is
: a cloth patch that can be sewn onto clothing and that is awarded to a person (such as a Boy Scout or Girl Scout) for doing something
: something that represents or is a sign of something else


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Kids Definition of badge

: something worn to show that a person belongs to a certain group or rank

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