\ 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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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 Students, staff or visitors must wear appropriate ID badges inside the building at all times. Meagan Flynn, Houston Chronicle, "Northbrook High School on alert after two attempted abductions," 11 Jan. 2018 One of them flaunted the badges on his sleeve before she was given a bouquet of welcome flowers. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears a J.Crew Sweater and Combat Boots for an Outdoor Event," 28 Mar. 2019 In a tweet shared online (see above), Malek is wearing a motorcycle jacket with what looks to be a black-and-white SS badge on his right shoulder, a common symbol used by Nazis, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Grace Wong,, "Holiday Club owner under fire for anti-immigrant and inflammatory Facebook posts," 26 June 2018 The North Korean officials, speaking Korean and bearing loyalty badges on their lapels, declined to comment when approached. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "Trump and North Korea’s Kim Land in Singapore for Historic Summit," 10 June 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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