One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A man who wears a badge by way of accreditation; specifically (a) a licensed beggar, an almsman; (b) (formerly, at Trinity College, Dublin) a servant who ran errands for undergraduates; (c) an authorized or licensed porter.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in David Lloyd. From badge + man.
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