- 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.
- Digital Technology. digital badge.
- to furnish or mark with a badge.
Origin of badge
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Examples from the Web for badge
These days, to be featured by Travel Noire on Instagram is like a badge of honor for many black millennial travelers.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement
January 4, 2015
Let Jourdan Dunn be the first of many—not an island, or badge of self-congratulation.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem
January 2, 2015
In fact, Clark fell back first from her blows, losing his cap, tie, and badge in the melee.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
It denotes the person that puts on the badge, puts on the blue uniform, and goes into the streets to put their life at risk.Cop Families Boo De Blasio at NYPD Graduation
December 30, 2014
In the West Bank, serving time in Israeli jails is a badge of honor.Palestinian Cabinet Member Dies in Confrontation with Israeli Soldier
December 10, 2014
"'Tis the badge of Tete-noire, the Norman," cried a seaman-mariner.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
"Let me put my finger on the number for good luck," and she touched the badge on his arm.
Again the badge number—11,785—was not Mortimer's, as registered in Faust's book.
"De gent could buy a badge and get in," volunteered Old Bill.
It was a badge of courage, whatever it was—a badge which thrilled and horrified me.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
- a distinguishing emblem or mark worn to signify membership, employment, achievement, etc
- any revealing feature or mark
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.