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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Booger flashed his badge at me too fast for me to get a good look at it, but Zit in the front seat gave me a long look at his.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • "Let me put my finger on the number for good luck," and she touched the badge on his arm.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • "We won't be held up—not if I show this," said the detective, and exhibited the badge pinned to his vest.

    The Rover Boys in Business Arthur M. Winfield
  • "De gent could buy a badge and get in," volunteered Old Bill.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Fane pushed past the secretary and went up to the desk, showing Mallin his badge and then serving the papers.

    Little Fuzzy Henry Beam Piper
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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