a special or distinctive mark, token, or device worn as a sign of allegiance, membership, authority, achievement, etc.: a police badge; a merit badge.
any emblem, token, or distinctive mark: He considered a slide rule as the badge of an engineering student.
a card bearing identifying information, as one's name, symbol or place of employment, or academic affiliation, and often worn pinned to one's clothing.
verb (used with object), badged, badging.
to furnish or mark with a badge.

1300–50; Middle English bag(g)e < ?

badgeless, adjective
unbadged, adjective

1. insignia, shield, seal; hallmark, earmark. Unabridged
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badge (bædʒ)
1.  a distinguishing emblem or mark worn to signify membership, employment, achievement, etc
2.  any revealing feature or mark
[C14: from Norman French bage; related to Anglo-Latin bagia]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., perhaps from Anglo-Fr. bage or from Anglo-L. bagis, pl. of bagia "emblem," all of unknown origin.
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Example sentences
But he couldn't hold back the wave of artists who turned the slur of kitsch
  into a badge of honor.
The visitor's badge has a microchip scannable at electronic checkpoints.
It was a badge of honor for some to brag about how much they supported billions
  of dollars of subsidies.
Denying the copious effects of population growth is the badge of courage of all
  true deniers.
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