\ ˈbaj \

Definition of badge 

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

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badge transitive verb

Examples of badge in a Sentence

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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The Sport Hybrid sports dual exhausts and a pair of Hybrid badges on the front fenders. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Love the hardware, hate the UI: The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid," 13 Dec. 2018 The pair explained the Safe Place program launched in late 2016, through which victims of hate crimes can find help at businesses identified with a rainbow decal in the shape of a badge. Maria Elena Vizcaino,, "Matthew Shepard's parents join Central Florida advocates for hate-crime discussion," 5 June 2018 But last week, several of the warning badges tied to resorts that had incidents had been removed. Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Nominees to Federal Trade Commission vow to investigate TripAdvisor for deleting reviews," 15 Feb. 2018 But even these girls—those who are comfortable in their skin, those who hold their head high, those who carry their genetic features like a badge of honor—face opposition from society. Christine Michel Carter, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Challenges of Raising a Black Girl to Feel Beautiful," 18 Oct. 2018 Now, though, some see them as a badge of eco-honor and want to show them off. Kathleen Pender, San Francisco Chronicle, "Solar mandate could change how California homes are built," 1 June 2018 Since then, North has become something of a populist hero among Republicans who see his victimization by a dishonorable establishment as a badge of honor. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "NRA Announces Gunrunning Lawbreaker As New President," 7 May 2018 Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the downtime rival: More than simply accepting such side effects, people are actually embracing them — wearing them as badges of honor. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "The Return of Downtime: Why Invasive Plastic Surgery Procedures Are on the Rise," 3 May 2018 Miley Cyrus and Beyoncé wear the f-word like a badass badge of honor. Seventeen Magazine, Seventeen, "Miley Cyrus Says She Is, Katy Perry Says She Isn't. So, Are You A Feminist?," 6 Mar. 2014

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First Known Use of badge

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for badge

Middle English bage, bagge, of obscure origin

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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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