\ 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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Meanwhile, decontamination work and time have reduced the onsite risk so that workers only need to wear exposure-tracking badges. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "An insider’s perspective on Fukushima and everything that came after," 5 Oct. 2018 Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s leader, wore a large badge celebrating the NHS’s birthday at prime minister’s question time. The Economist, "The three myths of the NHS," 28 June 2018 Marks wore a gold badge from a necklace, the officer wrote. Max Londberg And Glenn E. Rice, kansascity, "KC man impersonated cop while wearing 'Hawaiian shirt, khaki shorts,' police say," 1 June 2018 Students and faculty also must now wear identification badges at all times. Eli Meixler, Time, "Parkland Students Are Mocking New Mandatory Clear Backpacks on Social Media," 3 Apr. 2018 Many marched in silence, waving French flags or wearing badges with a picture of Ms. Knoll. Elian Peltier And Aurelien Breeden, New York Times, "Mireille Knoll, Murdered Holocaust Survivor, Is Honored in Paris," 28 Mar. 2018 And under its uses, Barr gives examples ranging from helping categorize an online photo collection, to security — visual surveillance, employee face/badge comparisons, etc. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Critics Ask Amazon to Stop Selling Facial Recognition Technology to Police," 23 May 2018 Ullmann should look upon this conviction not as a badge of disgrace, but rather the unfortunate result of fulfilling his professional obligations to his client. Anne M. Hamilton,, "Extraordinary Life: Defense Attorney Took On Most Difficult Clients," 6 May 2018 And of those, most carried BMW or Mercedes-Benz badges. NBC News, "President Xi's pledge to lower tariffs is just one of many obstacles for U.S. carmakers," 11 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


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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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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