\ 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 Among those from Maryland charged with participating were a 26-year-old Frederick man photographed with his work badge inside the Capitol and a 33-year-old man who wore a bulletproof vest and carried a handgun with a high-capacity magazine. James Whitlow,, 9 June 2021 Mark Bowen, the marketing and operations director for Westchester Commons, a shopping center, put a yellow sticker on his badge at an April chamber event. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, 7 June 2021 Neve continued to refuse, according to the lawsuit, and his badge and other equipment were confiscated in March. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 June 2021 Loehmann's quest to get his badge back comes after a three-judge panel of the Eighth District Court of Appeals in Cuyahoga County unanimously dismissed an appeal of an arbitrator's decision supporting his firing. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 25 May 2021 But the Puma has an abundance of personality and feels like a worthy recipient of its ST badge. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 12 May 2021 He was stripped of his badge and radio, and said someone tried to grab his firearm. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 6 May 2021 An image authorities obtained from Ottinger's e-mail showed his work badge for an elementary school, according to the complaint. Alex Chhith, Star Tribune, 5 May 2021 At the Friday afternoon outdoor ceremony in Hinsdale, McElroy was given a plaque with a ceremonial ax, letters from government officials and his retirement badge among other mementos from the village. Zareen Syed,, 4 May 2021

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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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14 Jun 2021

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“Badge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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