badge

noun
\ 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

badge

verb
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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Today, models like Slick Woods and Anne Barreto, and celebrities like Uzo Aduba wear their gaps like a badge of honor. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "25 Beautiful Black Women Proudly Sporting Their Tooth Gaps," 5 Sep. 2019 The nickname stuck, and the Twins used it in marketing campaigns, wearing it as a badge of pride. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins impressing far and wide as they smash home run mark," 31 Aug. 2019 His father, Gary, who retired as chief of a fire department in Contra Costa County, did the honors of pinning his son’s badge in a traditional promotion ceremony. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Newport Beach’s new fire chief officially gets his rank," 21 Aug. 2019 Moved by such loyalty, the Black Prince adopted Jean’s badge of an ostrich feather as his own heraldic device. Stephen Brumwell, WSJ, "‘The Black Prince’ Review: When Knighthood Was in Flower," 6 June 2018 The Census employees will introduce themselves, show their badges and ask a few simple questions to verify the address. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Census starts field-checking America’s addresses in Limestone County," 28 Aug. 2019 The officers were in uniform and one noted that Dejesus appeared to fixate on his badge before putting the car into gear, according to the arrest report. David Owens, courant.com, "Man accused of assaulting Waterbury police officer trying to wake him said he thought he was being robbed," 26 Aug. 2019 Officials said Thor received his badge at the ceremony and then retired K-9 handlers received plaques commemorating their dogs’ service to Oconee County. USA TODAY, "Rocket’s last blast, Alaska drought, million-dollar ham: News from around our 50 states," 23 Aug. 2019 Accessorize the look with her badge and a fashion-forward magazine, and you're set! Caylin Harris, Country Living, "The Best 'The Office' Costumes That Will Definitely Win You a Dundie This Halloween," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of badge

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for badge

Noun

Middle English bage, bagge, of obscure origin

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badge

noun

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

badge

noun
\ 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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