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[baj] /bædʒ/
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.
Origin of badge
1300-50; Middle English bag(g)e < ?
Related forms
badgeless, adjective
unbadged, adjective
1. insignia, shield, seal; hallmark, earmark. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for badge
  • 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.
  • He tutors me on how to display the badge and my driver's license for checkpoint inspection.
  • Kids will earn a special participation badge for each event they attend.
  • Powerful warlords began to follow his example by adopting the tea ceremony as a badge of refinement.
  • In a land where intellectuals are still cherished, publishing a book is a badge of seriousness.
  • He is wearing a white badge, which makes him trustworthy.
  • Bush-hatred is now something that civilised people wear as a badge of honour.
British Dictionary definitions for badge


a distinguishing emblem or mark worn to signify membership, employment, achievement, etc
any revealing feature or mark
Word Origin
C14: from Norman French bage; related to Anglo-Latin bagia
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Word Origin and History for badge

mid-14c., perhaps from Anglo-French bage or from Anglo-Latin bagis, plural of bagia "emblem," all of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for badge



A police officer (1920s+ Underworld)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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