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badge

[baj]
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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.
  4. Digital Technology. digital badge.
verb (used with object), badged, badg·ing.
  1. to furnish or mark with a badge.

Origin of badge

1300–50; Middle English bag(g)e < ?
Related formsbadge·less, adjectiveun·badged, adjective

Synonyms

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1. insignia, shield, seal; hallmark, earmark.
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Examples from the Web for badge

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Historical Examples

  • "'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.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • Again the badge number—11,785—was not Mortimer's, as registered in Faust's book.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • "De gent could buy a badge and get in," volunteered Old Bill.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • It was a badge of courage, whatever it was—a badge which thrilled and horrified me.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith


British Dictionary definitions for badge

badge

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 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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