\ 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.”
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In front of local television cameras, the villagers held up their ArmorGroup badges, evidence of their loyalty to the U.S. forces. Brett Murphy, USA Today, "Inside the U.S. military raid against its own security guards that left dozens of Afghan children dead," 30 Dec. 2019 Police took possession of Yaqeen’s service weapon, as well as his badge and identification. Nyssa Kruse, Arkansas Online, "Little Rock police officer arrested in domestic battery case," 24 Dec. 2019 The Chicago Sun-Times, citing the sources, reported that Johnson flashed his badge to officers who responded to a 911 call of a parked vehicle. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Chicago Police employees allegedly helped Eddie Johnson cover up sleeping incident, report says," 5 Dec. 2019 Normani, who has had Billboard hits like Dancing With a Stranger and Motivation, is a force to be reckon with and has already earned her badge of sexiness by walking in RiRi's fashion show last September. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Normani Is Savage X Fenty's First Global Brand Ambassador," 21 Nov. 2019 At the graduation ceremony Thursday, many of the 42 recruits received their badges from family members on the force — emcee Capt. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A new Milwaukee firefighter achieved his dreams, then got a memento of his grandfather's bravery in a 1930 theater fire," 16 Nov. 2019 State's Attorney Kim Foxx gave Hatty her official badge Tuesday morning. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Comfort dog sworn in at state's attorney's office to help victims of sexual assault and violence," 31 Oct. 2019 Guercio’s dedication was honored earlier this year with his own special Sheriff’s Office badge, which bears his first name, Jack, at the top of the sheriff’s star. David Anderson,, "Jack Guercio, longtime employee at Harford Sheriff’s Office, collects police memorabilia from around the globe," 21 Oct. 2019 In London, equities traders were told their badges would be disabled by 11 a.m. Bloomberg,, "Deutsche Bank’s big overhaul leaves investors unimpressed," 8 July 2019

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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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The first known use of badge was in the 15th century

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23 Jan 2020

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“Badge.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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