- 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
1300–50; Middle English bag(g)e < ?
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1. insignia, shield, seal; hallmark, earmark.
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Examples from the Web for badged
A grunting camel swung up to the porch, his badged and belted rider fumbling a leather pouch.The Day's Work, Volume 1
He longed for the day when he could don the brass-buttoned blue suit and wear the badged cap of an apprentice seaman.
What a brave little chap he looked in his badged cap and brass-buttoned uniform!
His boss suggested he should, but Tam apparently held other views, went into a shipyard and was "badged and reserved."Tam O' The Scoots
But—well, they do not treat us here as badged machines, but human brothers.
- a distinguishing emblem or mark worn to signify membership, employment, achievement, etc
- any revealing feature or mark
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.
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