\ 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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Her husband, Michael Rund, a lieutenant in the Howard department, participated in the ceremony at her request, presenting her with her badge. Libby Solomon,, "Joanne Rund takes oath as Baltimore County's fire chief," 2 July 2019 King, who was off-duty but had his badge around his neck, got out of the SUV and started yelling at the motorcyclist, the arrest affidavit said. David Harris,, "Ex-deputy jailed in Winter Park stabbing was once accused of killing friend’s wife. Then the friend recanted," 2 July 2019 In the meantime, Khamenei can enjoy his badge of honor — much to Rouhani’s envy. Bobby Ghosh, The Denver Post, "Commentary: Trump’s Iran sanctions are the sane alternative to military action," 28 June 2019 When the activities are completed, bring the book to a visitor center where the child will take the Junior Ranger pledge and receive their badge. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Kid-friendly Grand Canyon: Here are the 6 best activities for families at the South Rim," 26 June 2019 Which is not the greatest badge of honour when the remaining duo comprises Fabian Delph and Ross Barkley, neither of whom are international footballers., "Keep Calm & Carry On: Why England Are on the Right Path Despite Nations League Loss," 7 June 2019 Those are badges of honor of their proximity to the action. Ann Killion,, "Warriors investor embarrasses team, underscores how vulnerable players are," 6 June 2019 There should not be people like (White) with badges out there. Brian Chasnoff,, "‘Crazy’ traffic stops cited in move to boot constable," 18 June 2019 Michaels told police that Sanders wore a black shirt with an embroidered fire badge. Paul Pringle,, "LAFD spokesman is accused of using a city car to threaten an Uber driver," 17 June 2019

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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


\ ˈbaj How to pronounce badge (audio) \

Kids Definition of badge

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

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