\ 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 But wearing them soon became a badge of honor for workers. WSJ, 5 Oct. 2021 They are aided by their badge, by their uniform and by the violence they are trained to enact. Sisters Uncut,, 1 Oct. 2021 Also, Reese has attached a photocopy of his vaccination card to his teacher badge. NBC News, 29 Sep. 2021 While this statement targeted jet-setting who had lost their roots, it became viewed as a badge of shame for people who were not the super-wealthy. Shaheena Janjuha-jivraj, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Staff members should arrive with their FISD staff ID badge, and student IDs will be requested in order to access the priority lane. Dallas News, 21 Sep. 2021 Comic-Con International emphasize that those interested in purchasing a badge for the three-day event will need to have a valid member ID account. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Sep. 2021 Carl Winslow, the protagonist of the ’90s sitcom Family Matters, wore his badge with honor. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 13 Sep. 2021 One badge, for camping, was one of the most challenging, Ben said. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Sep. 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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bad faith


badge of honor/pride

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12 Oct 2021

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“Badge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 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


\ 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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