\ 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.”
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But in the post-2020 GOP, scandalous allegations and offensive comments can be worn like a badge of honor—if Republican voters even believe what’s reported. Charlotte Alter, Time, 17 May 2022 In the past, Black professionals wore their ability to outperform their counterparts as a badge of honor. Duane Cranston, Fortune, 9 May 2022 The charge port is concealed below the Ford badge on the nose and will accept a DC fast charge at up to 115 kW. That should return the battery to 80 percent in 34 minutes. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 31 Jan. 2022 Across the street is a security agent in Nikes, a badge on his belt. Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2022 Officers put on the badge and head into harm’s way every day. New York Times, 22 Jan. 2022 Unlike any other, this incarnation directly mirrors the club crest with its vertical lines and St George’s cross—clearly visible on every badge for over a century—positioned in the top-left corner. Henry Flynn, Forbes, 5 July 2021 Apple will create Dolby Atmos playlists to point subscribers in the direction of songs that take advantage of the feature, and the albums that are available in Dolby Atmos will have a special badge on the detail page. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 17 May 2021 Ask for a personal identification badge or call 800-477-4747 to verify the work at your home. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 5 May 2022 See More

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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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badge of honor/pride

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21 May 2022

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“Badge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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

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