an insignia or device granted by the Boy Scouts, worn especially on a uniform to indicate special achievement.
- Compare proficiency badge.
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How to use merit badge in a sentence
There is no merit badge yet for Dragon Boat racing, although there is one for canoeing.
The MAP process has its own connotations in Georgian culture as a kind of merit badge of Western acceptance.Obama Tells Georgia to Forget About NATO After Encouraging It to Join | Will Cathcart | March 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“I made it and got my merit badge,” Spielberg later recalled.Super 8: Abrams, Spielberg's Homage to Their Hollywood Beginnings | Marlow Stern | June 10, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
Back in 1958, an 11-year-old Steve Spielberg became a Boy Scout and needed to fulfill a requirement for a photography merit badge.Super 8: Abrams, Spielberg's Homage to Their Hollywood Beginnings | Marlow Stern | June 10, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
Miss Mason said the other day you probably would earn a merit badge before the summer was past for cooking over a camp fire.The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest | Margaret Vandercook
Miss Mason had agreed that she might try for a merit badge as an artist during their camp.The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest | Margaret Vandercook
If ever you win a merit badge for automobiling, I'll eat it for breakfast.The Boy Scouts of Lakeville High | Leslie W. Quirk
He had made a plunge for each merit badge, won it and, presto, his nervous mind was on another.Tom Slade on Mystery Trail | Percy Keese Fitzhugh
"Yes, and I'll pin the merit badge over your mouth if you don't keep still," he heard a hearty voice say.Pee-wee Harris on the Trail | Percy Keese Fitzhugh