[ baj ]
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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 thinks rich people buy art mainly as a badge of their sophistication and success.

  1. 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.

  2. Digital Technology. digital badge.

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

Origin of badge

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English baggys (plural); akin to Anglo-French bage “badge, emblem”; further origin unknown

Other words for badge

Other words from badge

  • badgeless, adjective
  • un·badged, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use badge in a sentence

  • 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
  • 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
  • No large building of pretentious style uprears itself for the poor; no men badged and badgered as paupers walk the place.

    Hygeia, a City of Health | Benjamin Ward Richardson
  • Of course, even if the detective were really carved from an old table-leg, he could hardly fail to apprehend a man thus badged.

    Last Words | Stephen Crane

British Dictionary definitions for badge


/ (bædʒ) /

  1. a distinguishing emblem or mark worn to signify membership, employment, achievement, etc

  2. any revealing feature or mark

Origin of badge

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

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