• Badge


    • IPA: /bædʒ/
    • Rhymes: -ædʒ


    From Late Latin bagea, bagia ("sign"), of origin; compare with Old English bēag, bēah ("bracelet, collar, crown").

    Full definition of badge



    (plural badges)
    1. A distinctive mark, token, sign, emblem or cognizance, worn on one's clothing, as an insignia of some rank, or of the membership of an organization.the badge of a society; the badge of a policeman
      • PrescottTax gatherers, recognized by their official badges.
    2. A small nameplate, identifying the wearer, and often giving additional information.
    3. A card, sometimes with a barcode or magnetic strip, granting access to a certain area.
    4. Something characteristic; a mark; a token.
      • 158? or 159?, w, Titus Andronicus, Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.
    5. (1811, obsolete, cant) A brand on the hand of a thief, etc.He has got his badge, and piked: He was burned in the hand, and is at liberty.
    6. (nautical) A carved ornament on the stern of a vessel, containing a window or the representation of one.
    7. (heraldry) A distinctive mark worn by servants, retainers, and followers of royalty or nobility, who, being beneath the rank of gentlemen, have no right to armorial bearings.

    Derived terms


    1. (transitive) To mark or distinguish with a badge.''The television was badged as 'GE', but wasn't made by them.
    2. (transitive) To show a badge to.He calmed down a lot when the policeman badged him.
    3. (transitive) To enter a restricted area by showing one's badge.
      • unknown date unknown, w, w:Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, Worden and James walk ... to the ... Courthouse ..., where they badge their way past sheriff's deputies and take the elevator to the third floor.
      • 2003, Joseph Wambaugh, Fire Lover, page 146:And Patterson didn't hear that Jack Egger, the studio's director of security, said he'd seen John Orr badge his way through the pedestrian gate sometime before 4:00 pm, when the fire was still raging, ...
      • 2004, Sergei Hoteko, On The Fringe Of History, page 135:Our regional commissioner, his assistant commissioner and our district director, along with their wives, were hoofing it to the rotunda. Apparently they didn't try and badge their way through.
      • 2006, David Pollino, Bill Pennington, Tony Bradley, Himanshu Dwivedi, Hacker's challenge 3 (page 338)Aaron badged into the data center and escorted Geoff inside the large room with its many blinking green lights.


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