Definition of badge in US English:



  • 1A distinctive emblem worn as a mark of office, membership, achievement, licensed employment, etc.

    ‘name badges’
    ‘a Girl Scout badge’
    • ‘A tall blonde woman appeared at the end of the bed with a name badge that had the word ‘consultant’ on it.’
    • ‘Sophisticated I.D. badges designed to thwart counterfeiting are also growing in use at work and at schools.’
    • ‘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 appears he may have been senior staff because of the wreath design of the cap badge.’
    • ‘His name was written on a plastic badge on his lapel amongst a plethora of badges bearing Rupert's face.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All our wardens carry name badges and will always identify themselves when they approach a member of the public.’
    • ‘They wore brass-colored plastic name badges on their chests opposite their shirts' emblems.’
    • ‘Each of the bug-busters will be clearly identified by a badge provided by the drug company, which supports the programme.’
    • ‘Firefighters are identified by a badge that designates their company.’
    • ‘The mediators will also have their photographs on a noticeboard and will wear pale and dark blue ribbon badges to identify themselves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jim has always worn the badge of Killarney with honour, distinction and pride.’
    • ‘On the way to pick up a sandwich I was redirected to a sidewalk by a man with a plastic badge and a headset.’
    • ‘We had badges to identify who was on which bus and we had to go to a specific area which was corralled off.’
    • ‘Members of the Party also identify themselves by wearing an enamel badge in the design of the Earl's mask.’
    • ‘It was as if each person was displaying a little of their personal information along with their names on their identification badge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some police on duty at picket lines outside hospitals had already attracted attention for wearing badges supporting the nurses' campaign.’
    pin, breastpin, brooch
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    1. 1.1 A distinguishing object or emblem.
      ‘a large gold key hung around his neck as his badge of office’
      • ‘His badge of office was a straw hat bedecked with poppies and bindweed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Each move had a project manager who wore a red baseball cap, which became a badge of distinction for everyone who got one.’
      • ‘A given clan group might possess numerous kangakanga badges or emblems.’
      • ‘Every housewife stacking her shelves should be proud to have her tins of beans stamped with a such a badge of high distinction.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By the 1850s, the stethoscope had become virtually the indispensable badge of office of the medical practitioner.’
      • ‘If you're a blogger and you put one of their badges on your front page, you can get the pjs for $75.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Officers today said they were puzzled why car makers' badges were being stolen in Eldwick and Gilstead.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sure enough, between the amazing Sparco leather bucket seats, beside the green starter button, is a metal badge bearing the model's serial number.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The concept, the badge and the organization are all endangered species.’
      • ‘To misplace a presidential badge of office for a couple of days may be unfortunate, she might have said.’
      • ‘And there it sat on the desk, like a badge of office, through a busy but rewarding day.’
      • ‘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.’
      emblem, crest, insignia, device, shield, escutcheon
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    2. 1.2 A feature or sign that reveals a particular condition or quality.
      ‘my jeans had patches on the knees, like badges of courage marking encounters with barbed wire’
      • ‘I wear them like a soldier's wounds, badges of courage in the civil war of the self.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Others ‘defiantly’ wear their indifference to social life as a badge of honor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But let them also desist from their futile campaign to make it an indispensable badge or emblem of our sense of ‘Irishness’.’
      • ‘Sacred and tabooed beliefs also work as membership badges in coalitions.’
      • ‘The easy is embraced, overstimulation and tricks regarded as the badges of originality.’
      • ‘That's because the pledge was regarded as a badge of nonconformist pride.’
      • ‘Growing up, he sported a skinhead as a badge of gang membership.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the end ‘left’ is, at best, just a word, a piece of shorthand, a semi-humorous badge of tribal identity.’
      • ‘But once these small badges of courage started showing up, it became a competition between the maintenance crew chiefs.’
      • ‘Minister wears his plan like a well-polished badge of social democracy.’
      • ‘It's a badge, a sign they are different from people who don't care.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I have been accused of being too interested in quality - well if that's my badge, that's fine.’
      • ‘People throw around that word as if it were a merit badge, a sign of survival, or a mark of success.’
      sign, symbol, indication, indicator, signal, mark, token
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[with object]
  • Mark with a badge or other distinguishing emblem.

    • ‘Planes arrived in Thailand badged PanAm, to leave the next day with UA stickers.’
    • ‘A serious vehicle like Nissan's capital-letter badged X-TRAIL deserved to face a serious challenge.’
    • ‘But industry likes to badge its products with lots of jargon that does make it very difficult for a consumer to understand.’
    • ‘In different parts of the world some vehicles are badged as Lexus, and in others as Toyota.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is another, badged the Active Air Con, which is the Active with air conditioning.’
    • ‘They badged us for access to non-public areas and allowed us to interact and talk with employees at all levels.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More often than not, visitors, after being thoroughly checked and badged, have to be escorted to their destination.’
    • ‘They are badged separately only for marketing purposes.’
    • ‘The 7800s are reference boards which are badged as EVGA, a well-known American brand.’
    • ‘It's easy to spot, being badged with the Knights' livery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A Wistron NeWeb spokesman said the company was seeking vendors to badge the handsets.’
    • ‘The bill calls for such games to be badged with a 2.5cm square sticker proclaiming their age limit.’
    • ‘All 215 last-of-line are badged with the distinctive interlocked red ‘R-R’ of the original Rolls-Royce motor cars.’
    • ‘Originally it was badged the GTi and its credibility will long be remembered.’
    • ‘Parking attendants could be badged as street wardens too, and there could be high visibility, branded vehicles.’
    • ‘The upgraded models badged Sumo + and the new Sumo Ex +, come with enhanced vehicle performance and drive comfort along with advanced characteristics.’
    • ‘Clarke: ‘They were badged in the sense that they were wearing uniform.’’


Late Middle English: of unknown origin.