\ 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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And under its uses, Barr gives examples ranging from helping categorize an online photo collection, to security — visual surveillance, employee face/badge comparisons, etc. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Critics Ask Amazon to Stop Selling Facial Recognition Technology to Police," 23 May 2018 Ullmann should look upon this conviction not as a badge of disgrace, but rather the unfortunate result of fulfilling his professional obligations to his client. Anne M. Hamilton,, "Extraordinary Life: Defense Attorney Took On Most Difficult Clients," 6 May 2018 And of those, most carried BMW or Mercedes-Benz badges. NBC News, "President Xi's pledge to lower tariffs is just one of many obstacles for U.S. carmakers," 11 Apr. 2018 Soft music plays in the background while patients - identified by photo badges hung around their necks - and their companions lounge in welcoming clusters of comfortable leather chairs and cushioned sofas. Lisa Pawlak,, "In a drab waiting room before yet another cancer treatment, a mother ponders the future," 10 Apr. 2018 So, the colors of the actual uniforms, of the badges, of the military equipment, was pretty straightforward. Eric Johnson, Recode, "How Peter Jackson’s team made World War I footage look new," 15 Dec. 2018 The yellow ribbon badge, featuring a small portrait of the Queen painted on glass and surrounded by diamonds, is bestowed by the sovereign as a reward for outstanding service to the crown. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Looks Like a Real-Life Cinderella in This Sparkly Jenny Packham Gown at the Diplomatic Reception," 4 Dec. 2018 To help earn the badge, Ms. Acevedo collected newspaper articles about the space program and built an Estes model rocket from a paper-and-plastic kit. Alexandra Wolfe, WSJ, "An Engineer’s Bid to Modernize the Girl Scouts," 5 Oct. 2018 Other than the ignition button on the steering wheel (inconvenient) and the glorious Alfa Romeo badge, there isn’t much to the interior that brings to mind an Italian sport sedan. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti: fast-casual Italian," 15 June 2018

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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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