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badge

[baj] /bædʒ/
noun
1.
a special or distinctive mark, token, or device worn as a sign of allegiance, membership, authority, achievement, etc.:
a police badge; a merit badge.
2.
any emblem, token, or distinctive mark:
He considered a slide rule as the badge of an engineering student.
3.
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.
4.
to furnish or mark with a badge.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English bag(g)e < ?
Related forms
badgeless, adjective
unbadged, adjective
Synonyms
1. insignia, shield, seal; hallmark, earmark.
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British Dictionary definitions for badgeless

badge

/bædʒ/
noun
1.
a distinguishing emblem or mark worn to signify membership, employment, achievement, etc
2.
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 badgeless

badge

n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for badgeless

badge

noun

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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