\ 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.”
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The arrest of Al-Alshraf Khalil included the use of handcuffs bearing Lieutenant Sean Williamson’s initials and his badge number. Gina Martinez, CBS News, 28 June 2022 About 79% of companies use badge swipes to track office utilization data, 46% monitor Wi-Fi connections, and 26% use desk or room sensors, according to CBRE data. Aman Kidwai, Fortune, 27 June 2022 That said, Annecy double-decade growth has been extraordinary: Some 4,000 badge-holders at the turn of the century, 7,000 when Jean became artistic director in 2013, which has now nearly doubled, Jean points out. John Hopewell, Variety, 12 June 2022 Get the responding officer’s name and badge number. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 May 2022 Names and badge numbers were on the officers' helmets. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2022 Portland organized cases by the officers’ badge numbers. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 Coogler also requested the names as well as the badge numbers for all the officers on the scene. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2022 Please note these events are for SXSW badge holders 21 and older. Rolling Stone, 1 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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badge of honor/pride

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1 Aug 2022

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“Badge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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

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