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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.
Digital Technology. digital badge.
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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for badged
Historical Examples
  • A grunting camel swung up to the porch, his badged and belted rider fumbling a leather pouch.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
  • He longed for the day when he could don the brass-buttoned blue suit and wear the badged cap of an apprentice seaman.

    The Viking Blood

    Frederick William Wallace
  • What a brave little chap he looked in his badged cap and brass-buttoned uniform!

    The Viking Blood

    Frederick William Wallace
  • His boss suggested he should, but Tam apparently held other views, went into a shipyard and was "badged and reserved."

    Tam O' The Scoots Edgar Wallace
  • But—well, they do not treat us here as badged machines, but human brothers.

British Dictionary definitions for badged


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 badged



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 badged



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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