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  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.
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verb (used with object), badged, badg·ing.
  1. to furnish or mark with a badge.
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Origin of badge

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


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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.


    W. A. Fraser

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


    W. A. Fraser

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


    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


  1. a distinguishing emblem or mark worn to signify membership, employment, achievement, etc
  2. any revealing feature or mark
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Word Origin

C14: from Norman French bage; related to Anglo-Latin bagia
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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.

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