From Middle English badge, bagge, bage, bagy, from Anglo-Norman bage or Medieval Latin bagea, bagia (“sign, emblem”), of uncertain origin. Possibly derived from Medieval Latin baga (“ring”), from Old Saxon bāg, bōg (“ring, ornament”), from Proto-Germanic *baugaz (“ring, bracelet, armband”); or possibly the Anglo-Norman word is derived from an earlier, unattested English word (compare Old English bēag (“ring, bracelet, collar, crown”). Cognate with Scots bagie, badgie, bawgy (“badge”).
badge (plural badges)
- 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
- A small nameplate, identifying the wearer, and often giving additional information.
- A card, sometimes with a barcode or magnetic strip, granting access to a certain area.
- Something characteristic; a mark; a token.
- (obsolete, thieves' 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.
- (nautical) A carved ornament on the stern of a vessel, containing a window or the representation of one.
- (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.
- (graphical user interface) A small overlay on an icon that shows additional information about that item, such as the number of new alerts or messages.
- (Internet, video games) An icon or emblem awarded to a user for some achievement.
- When you have checked in to the site from ten different cities, you unlock the Traveller badge.
- (slang) A police officer.
- That's why every badge back home wanted to nail him.
- See Thesaurus:badge
Derived terms Edit
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- (transitive) To mark or distinguish with a badge.
- The television was badged as 'GE', but wasn't made by them.
- (transitive) To show a badge to.
- He calmed down a lot when the policeman badged him.
- (transitive, intransitive) To enter a restricted area by showing one's badge.
- 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.
- “badge”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- The Manual of Heraldry, Fifth Edition, by Anonymous, London, 1862, online at 
badge m (plural badges)
- identity badge
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