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plural badges
: a device or token especially of membership in a society or group
: a characteristic mark
: an emblem awarded for a particular accomplishment
British : button sense 1b
Solicitors have reacted with dismay after Staffordshire courts ordered them to remove "political" badges.Birmingham Post


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badged; badging; badges

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

Example Sentences

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
Power can corrupt certain police; certain people do not need to wear a badge. Dallas News, 14 Dec. 2022 But the fact that Luckhurst can still carry a gun and wear a badge illustrates why the state’s disciplinary process for bad cops needs to be completely overhauled, according to a new state report. Eric Dexheimer, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Dec. 2022 Much more powerful, better to drive, and cooler-looking than the base car, the Type S joins other Acura performance variants in the TLX and MDX lines that also wear this badge. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 6 Dec. 2022 Law enforcement officers across the country will be closely watching the election results Tuesday, following a rise not only in anti-police rhetoric, but also physical attacks on those who wear the badge. David Spunt, Fox News, 7 Nov. 2022 The names sound mundane, even for horses, but each is something like a badge of honor. Longreads, 2 Nov. 2022 In addition, the collection includes three generations of the Clio in RT, Grande and Dynamique guises, along with a 1997 Sport Spider, which was the very first car to wear the Renault Sport badge. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 9 Mar. 2022 What is a Michelin star?:Here's what to expect at a restaurant with the badge of honor. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 13 Jan. 2023 Before billionaire Elon Musk took the company private in late October, Twitter verified accounts with a blue badge as a way to distinguish prominent users, or those at risk of being impersonated, including celebrities, musicians and journalists. Kurt Wagner, Fortune, 13 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History



Middle English bage, bagge, of obscure origin

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of badge was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Badge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a mark or sign worn to show that a person belongs to a certain group, class, or rank

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