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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

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
With the exception of its cars that wear the RS badge, that means a bias toward safe and predictable rather than anything too exciting. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 1 July 2024 The men allegedly approached workers while wearing fake badges and identified themselves as agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the FBI or local police, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 26 June 2024
Mare of Easttown may be getting her gun and badge back. Dave Nemetz, TVLine, 12 June 2024 This confusion caused a two-hour line just to get into the automaker’s facility in Sparks, Nevada as the company did badge checks at the door. Andy Kalmowitz / Jalopnik, Quartz, 17 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for badge 

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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 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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