[ 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, badg·ing.

to furnish or mark with a badge.

Nearby words

  1. baden,
  2. baden-baden,
  3. baden-powell,
  4. baden-württemberg,
  5. bader,
  6. badger,
  7. badger game,
  8. badger plane,
  9. badger skunk,
  10. badger state

Origin of badge

1300–50; Middle English bag(g)e < ?

Related formsbadge·less, adjectiveun·badged, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for badge


/ (bædʒ) /


a distinguishing emblem or mark worn to signify membership, employment, achievement, etc
any revealing feature or mark

Word Origin for badge

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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