Definition of badge in English:



  • 1A small piece of metal, plastic, or cloth bearing a design or words, typically worn to identify a person or to indicate membership of an organization or support for a cause.

    ‘the badge of the Cheshire Regiment’
    ‘they wore plastic name badges’
    • ‘The club received more than 150 entries from their competition to design a new badge, with fans invited to vote on the best three as selected by the club's marketing taskforce.’
    • ‘We had badges to identify who was on which bus and we had to go to a specific area which was corralled off.’
    • ‘His name was written on a plastic badge on his lapel amongst a plethora of badges bearing Rupert's face.’
    • ‘Members of the Party also identify themselves by wearing an enamel badge in the design of the Earl's mask.’
    • ‘It appears he may have been senior staff because of the wreath design of the cap badge.’
    • ‘All our wardens carry name badges and will always identify themselves when they approach a member of the public.’
    • ‘On the way to pick up a sandwich I was redirected to a sidewalk by a man with a plastic badge and a headset.’
    • ‘Sophisticated I.D. badges designed to thwart counterfeiting are also growing in use at work and at schools.’
    • ‘Each of the bug-busters will be clearly identified by a badge provided by the drug company, which supports the programme.’
    • ‘They wore brass-colored plastic name badges on their chests opposite their shirts' emblems.’
    • ‘If students are to wear proper uniforms, for economy's sake make them of the same design and colours for all schools, with a badge to identify the wearer's school.’
    • ‘They will wear uniforms similar to traffic wardens with peaked caps which bear the blue and white band and a blue badge saying Police Community Support Officer.’
    • ‘A tall blonde woman appeared at the end of the bed with a name badge that had the word ‘consultant’ on it.’
    • ‘The mediators will also have their photographs on a noticeboard and will wear pale and dark blue ribbon badges to identify themselves.’
    • ‘All of us fourth and fifth graders are shuttled into the gym, where five cops are waiting in snug, pressed uniforms and shiny metal badges, with a whole squad of drug dogs on chains.’
    • ‘It was as if each person was displaying a little of their personal information along with their names on their identification badge.’
    • ‘Firefighters are identified by a badge that designates their company.’
    • ‘Jim has always worn the badge of Killarney with honour, distinction and pride.’
    • ‘Some police on duty at picket lines outside hospitals had already attracted attention for wearing badges supporting the nurses' campaign.’
    • ‘Similar to the TV series, all you do to contact someone is press the talk button on the lapel badge, say their name, and you will be put through.’
    pin, breastpin, brooch
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    1. 1.1A distinguishing object or emblem.
      ‘the car's front badge is much loved by thieves’
      • ‘By the 1850s, the stethoscope had become virtually the indispensable badge of office of the medical practitioner.’
      • ‘And there it sat on the desk, like a badge of office, through a busy but rewarding day.’
      • ‘Today they would receive treatment - but in the 1940s they were publicly shamed, stripped of their badges of rank in front of their comrades and ordered to carry out menial tasks on another station.’
      • ‘PC Saysell was the officer behind a scheme to return stolen car badges to their owners a few months ago and he hopes it will be as successful.’
      • ‘Sure enough, between the amazing Sparco leather bucket seats, beside the green starter button, is a metal badge bearing the model's serial number.’
      • ‘Each move had a project manager who wore a red baseball cap, which became a badge of distinction for everyone who got one.’
      • ‘Jack Pearson, of the 78th Bolton, and Pierce Gartland, of the 24th Bolton, were winners in a competition to design badges for the campsite and camp opening respectively.’
      • ‘Saint Luke is shown with the image of an ox, which is the badge or emblem of Saint Luke, almost hidden in shadow on the right side.’
      • ‘To misplace a presidential badge of office for a couple of days may be unfortunate, she might have said.’
      • ‘If you're a blogger and you put one of their badges on your front page, you can get the pjs for $75.’
      • ‘His badge of office was a straw hat bedecked with poppies and bindweed.’
      • ‘A given clan group might possess numerous kangakanga badges or emblems.’
      • ‘She informed the LGU that she couldn't wear the Union Jack but was happy with the old badge embodying the emblems of the four home countries.’
      • ‘Because a corporate badge or logo has become the norm, the older signals - from the architecture itself or from integrated words - seem to need re-emphasis.’
      • ‘Some people may still have an issue with the badge on the front grille.’
      • ‘They adopt the badges of office, as you've described, and the media, television in particular, describes, and that's what they want.’
      • ‘During an official ceremony Peter made his Scout promise and was presented with Baden-Powell's Silver Wolf a badge of office given to every Chief Scout.’
      • ‘Every housewife stacking her shelves should be proud to have her tins of beans stamped with a such a badge of high distinction.’
      • ‘The concept, the badge and the organization are all endangered species.’
      • ‘Officers today said they were puzzled why car makers' badges were being stolen in Eldwick and Gilstead.’
      emblem, crest, insignia, device, shield, escutcheon
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    2. 1.2A feature or sign which reveals a particular quality.
      ‘philanthropy was regarded as a badge of social esteem’
      • ‘Others ‘defiantly’ wear their indifference to social life as a badge of honor.’
      • ‘Minister wears his plan like a well-polished badge of social democracy.’
      • ‘But once these small badges of courage started showing up, it became a competition between the maintenance crew chiefs.’
      • ‘Sacred and tabooed beliefs also work as membership badges in coalitions.’
      • ‘Surgeons had become so pleased with themselves that being addressed as Mr ceased to be a put-down and became a badge of honour and distinction.’
      • ‘Often, a company's failure is a badge of courage, because it shows that you were willing to take a chance - and that you learned from it.’
      • ‘Lack of sleep needs to stop being regarded as a badge of honour and seen for the serious hazard that it actually is.’
      • ‘‘It was not seen as a badge of quality any more,’ says Burns.’
      • ‘People throw around that word as if it were a merit badge, a sign of survival, or a mark of success.’
      • ‘Intel's Centrino logo on a hotspot is a guarantee that the equipment has been tested as interoperable with its chipsets and therefore carries a certain badge of quality.’
      • ‘The easy is embraced, overstimulation and tricks regarded as the badges of originality.’
      • ‘He said it was ‘simplistic’ to say religion did not play a role in sectarianism, arguing that it was a badge by which communities identified themselves and others.’
      • ‘It's a badge, a sign they are different from people who don't care.’
      • ‘In the end ‘left’ is, at best, just a word, a piece of shorthand, a semi-humorous badge of tribal identity.’
      • ‘I wear them like a soldier's wounds, badges of courage in the civil war of the self.’
      • ‘But let them also desist from their futile campaign to make it an indispensable badge or emblem of our sense of ‘Irishness’.’
      • ‘Growing up, he sported a skinhead as a badge of gang membership.’
      • ‘That's because the pledge was regarded as a badge of nonconformist pride.’
      • ‘I have been accused of being too interested in quality - well if that's my badge, that's fine.’
      • ‘Citroen's C5 launched nationwide towards the end of last month is innovative and different enough from the main herd to earn a badge of distinction.’
      sign, symbol, indication, indicator, signal, mark, token
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  • Mark with a badge or other distinguishing emblem.

    [with object and complement] ‘vendors can badge their products ‘certified’’
    • ‘In different parts of the world some vehicles are badged as Lexus, and in others as Toyota.’
    • ‘More often than not, visitors, after being thoroughly checked and badged, have to be escorted to their destination.’
    • ‘The bill calls for such games to be badged with a 2.5cm square sticker proclaiming their age limit.’
    • ‘Your average Brunswick St. drone is heavily badged and sloganeered (jackets, caps, shirts, bags, tattoos) just to make sure that absolute strangers know exactly what they are all about in the key area: fashion, music and politics.’
    • ‘Parking attendants could be badged as street wardens too, and there could be high visibility, branded vehicles.’
    • ‘Gspda is well-known as a brand in Asia, where it sells a range of different devices, but in Europe its products will be badged by the networks.’
    • ‘The upgraded models badged Sumo + and the new Sumo Ex +, come with enhanced vehicle performance and drive comfort along with advanced characteristics.’
    • ‘Planes arrived in Thailand badged PanAm, to leave the next day with UA stickers.’
    • ‘Clarke: ‘They were badged in the sense that they were wearing uniform.’’
    • ‘A serious vehicle like Nissan's capital-letter badged X-TRAIL deserved to face a serious challenge.’
    • ‘A Wistron NeWeb spokesman said the company was seeking vendors to badge the handsets.’
    • ‘They badged us for access to non-public areas and allowed us to interact and talk with employees at all levels.’
    • ‘There is another, badged the Active Air Con, which is the Active with air conditioning.’
    • ‘It's easy to spot, being badged with the Knights' livery.’
    • ‘But industry likes to badge its products with lots of jargon that does make it very difficult for a consumer to understand.’
    • ‘They are badged separately only for marketing purposes.’
    • ‘First it was the Palm 3 way back in 2000, then it was the iPod, and now - the Canon Digital Rebel TX - or as it's plainly badged over here, the Canon EOS 350D.’
    • ‘Originally it was badged the GTi and its credibility will long be remembered.’
    • ‘All 215 last-of-line are badged with the distinctive interlocked red ‘R-R’ of the original Rolls-Royce motor cars.’
    • ‘The 7800s are reference boards which are badged as EVGA, a well-known American brand.’


Late Middle English: of unknown origin.