\ ˈbaj \

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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Recent Examples on the Web

The government initially provided the agents a badge and revolver. Washington Post, "AP Explains: Immigration protests before ‘Abolish ICE’," 8 July 2018 In return, those members get special badges and emoji, members-only posts in the Community tab, and unique perks offered by creators themselves such as exclusive livestreams, extra videos, and more. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "YouTube now lets you pay $4.99 per month to support your favorite creators [Update]," 22 June 2018 Get the names, badge and car numbers of officers involved. Kasandra Brabaw,, "Please Don't Forget About Safety During Pride," 22 June 2018 Real Superheroes wear uniforms and badges and stethoscopes! Maria Pasquini,, "Lois and Clark Actor Dean Cain Joins the Police Force as a Reserve Officer in Idaho," 21 June 2018 Agents of the bureau carry badges and guns, and the agency has played a central role for decades in trying to prevent Iraq and Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons technology. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "U.S.-China Trade Talks End in an Impasse," 3 June 2018 Agents of the bureau carry badges and guns, and the agency has played a central role for decades in trying to prevent Iraq and Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons technology. Keith Bradsher,, "US-China trade talks end in an impasse," 3 June 2018 Rodgers and Rumell then raised a white flag with a badge and a rose that symbolizes law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Kim Chatelain,, "Monument to fallen police officers unveiled in Covington," 1 May 2018 While conducting a search of him, a Greenwood officer located three pocket knives, three handcuff keys, two firearms holsters, a Martinsville Police Department badge and ID card, and a Glock magazine. Indianapolis Star, "Off-duty Martinsville officer arrested after allegedly pointing gun at woman," 1 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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badge of honor/pride

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18 Sep 2018

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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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