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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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Last month in downtown Columbus, security stopped Sykes and wanted to examine her badge before allowing her to enter the Riffe Center, where her office is located. Jessie Balmert,, "Ohio security shouldn't have stopped black, female lawmaker, complaint says," 29 June 2018 The Girl Scouts, along with Palo Alto Networks, will be unveiling its official Cybersecurity badges for Daisy, Brownie and Junior (grades K through 5) Girl Scouts this summer. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Girl Scouts Are Learning to Pick Locks and Hack Computers," 28 June 2018 The argument then escalated because Black, 45, wanted to enter the apartment to get his department badge and gun, the woman said, the news station reported. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Man was charged with assaulting his girlfriend. He responded by charging her, documents show," 7 June 2018 First came the Broward County Sheriff’s Office to repossess his police cruiser and his badge. Eli Saslow, kansascity, "Stoneman Douglas resource officer, called ‘coward’ and ‘blight,’ haunted by massacre," 4 June 2018 First came the Broward County Sheriff's Office to repossess his police cruiser and his badge. Author: Eli Saslow, Anchorage Daily News, "‘It was my job, and I didn’t find him’: Stoneman Douglas resource officer remains haunted by massacre," 4 June 2018 First came the Broward County Sheriff's Office to repossess his police cruiser and his badge. The Washington Post,, "'It was my job, and I didn't find him': Stoneman Douglas resource officer remains haunted by massacre," 4 June 2018 Playing through injuries is like a badge of honor, as FTW’s Hemal Jhaveri recently detailed in an inside look at the Stanley Cup Final. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Capitals player had part of finger sliced off, reattached during Stanley Cup Final," 14 June 2018 Both of our families wear their religious beliefs like badges of honor., "Janelle Monae: How An Outsider Became a Visionary Superstar," 17 May 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


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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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something that serves to warn or remind

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