\ ˈbaj How to pronounce badge (audio) \

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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Judge Jeffrey MacKay set bail for Kozie at $35,000 after viewing video of two encounters that Kozie, wearing a suit coat and a badge on his belt, had with west suburban residents. Clifford Ward,, "Four men charged in alleged police-impersonation stunt in DuPage County," 7 June 2019 Everyone can earn badges and raffle tickets on the site for prizes, according to Drew LaFollette, public relations and marketing manager for the library. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Westlake library summer challenge goes digital for first time," 3 June 2019 But once everyone caught on to the jersey’s appeal—especially in comparison to something like England’s jersey, plain white with a badge on the breast, which was revealed alongside Nigeria’s kit—the shirt was sent through the hype machine. Cam Wolf, GQ, "How Nigeria's World Cup Jersey Became a Streetwear Grail," 6 June 2018 The app also rewards with you with badges for keeping up the good work. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "25 Best Workout and Fitness Apps to Stay Healthy in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 Now, access to the building requires an ID badge around the clock. Alene Tchekmedyian,, "Woman found dead in stairwell of San Francisco hospital property was missing from nearby care facility," 1 June 2018 Only deal with uniformed employees who will always be wearing a company ID badge and in a company vehicle. Anastaciah Ondieki, ajc, "Phone scams on the rise, Georgia Power says," 23 May 2018 According to the arrest warrant affidavits for the administrators, the superintendent received a video of two male students fighting in class, and an adult with an ID badge not intervening, on Oct. 5. Christine Dempsey,, "Montville School Administrators Charged In 'Fight Club' Probe," 19 Apr. 2018 Officials are also opening the building at 7:30 a.m. instead of 7 a.m., and telling employees who need to get to work earlier to bring ID badges. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage City Hall adds guard and changes building hours amid security concerns," 6 Apr. 2018

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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


\ ˈbaj How to pronounce badge (audio) \

Kids Definition of badge

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

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