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badge

noun

  1. (emblem)  an emblem (a small piece of plastic, cloth, or metal) that signifies your status (rank, membership, affiliation, or so on)
    Type of: emblem
  2. (feature)  any feature that is regarded as a sign of status (a particular power, quality, or rank)
    Type of: feature

verb

Etymology summary

perhaps from Anglo-French bage or from Anglo-Latin bagis, plural of bagia...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Badge

a device or fashion accessory, often containing the insignia of an organization, which is presented or displayed to indicate some feat of service, a special accomplishment, a symbol of authority granted by taking an oath, a sign of legitimate... (39 of 979 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Badge

Badge (disambiguation)

a device or patch which is displayed to indicate a special accomplishment or as a symbol of authority. Badge may refer to: Achievement (video gaming), a badge is part of the meta-game mechanic called achievement | Access badge, credential used to gain ... (41 of 210 words, 12 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Badge (disambiguation)

Wiktionary:

badge | badges [plural] | badged [past tense] | badging [present participle]

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. | A small nameplate, identifying the wearer, and often giving additional information. | A card,... (38 of 198 words, 10 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/badge

New World Dictionary:

badge | badged [past tense] | badging [present participle]

a distinctive token, emblem, or sign worn to show rank, membership, achievement, etc. | any distinguishing mark, sign, or symbol | to mark or provide ... (23 of 35 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/badge

Collins Dictionary:

badge

a distinguishing emblem or mark worn to signify membership, employment, achievement, etc | any revealing feature or mark (17 of 519 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/badge

Oxford Dictionary:

badge

a small piece of metal, plastic, or cloth bearing a design or words, ... | a distinguishing object or emblem | a feature or sign which reveals a ... (26 of 126 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/badge

Macmillan British Dictionary:

badge [countable] | badges [plural] | a badge of something

[British] a small round object that fastens onto your clothes with a pin and usually has a picture or writing on it. The American word is button. | a ... (28 of 125 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/badge

Merriam-Webster:

badge

a device or token especially of membership in a society or group | a characteristic mark | an emblem awarded for a particular accomplishment (22 of 95 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/badge

Random House Dictionary:

badge | badged [past tense] | badging [present participle]

a special or distinctive mark, token, or device worn as a sign of allegiance, membership, authority, achievement, etc.. | any emblem, token, or ... (22 of 85 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/badge

Cambridge Dictionary:

badge

a small piece of metal, plastic, cloth, etc., with words or a picture on it, that is pinned or sewn to your clothing, often to show your support for a ... (30 of 58 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/badge

American Heritage Dictionary:

badge

A device or emblem worn as an insignia of rank, office, or membership in an organization. | An emblem given as an award or honor. | A characteristic ... (26 of 45 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/badge

Encarta Dictionary:

badge | badges [plural] | badged [past tense] | badging [present participle]

a small distinctive piece of fabric, metal, or plastic worn on clothing to show rank or membership | a characteristic or identifying mark of a ... (24 of 100 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861588365​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

badge

First use: mid-14th century

Origin: perhaps from Anglo-French bage or from Anglo-Latin bagis, plural of bagia "emblem", all of unknown origin.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=badge

Wiktionary:

badge | badges [plural] | badged [past tense] | badging [present participle]

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

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/badge

Collins Dictionary:

badge

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Norman French bage; related to Anglo-Latin bagia

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/badge

American Heritage Dictionary:

badge

Origin: Middle English bagge, from Norman French bage.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/badge

Oxford Dictionary:

badge

Origin: late Middle English: of unknown origin

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/badge

Merriam-Webster:

badge

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English bage, bagge

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/badge

New World Dictionary:

badge | badged [past tense] | badging [present participle]

Origin: Middle English bage, bagge

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/badge

Encarta Dictionary:

badge | badges [plural] | badged [past tense] | badging [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Old French bage

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861588365​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

badge

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "badge"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/badge

Macmillan British Dictionary:

badge [countable] | badges [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "badge"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/badge

Macmillan American Dictionary:

badge [countable] | badges [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "badge"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/badge

Cambridge Dictionary:

badge

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "badge"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "badge"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/badge

the Free Dictionary:

badge

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "badge"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "badge"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "badge" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/badge

Google Dictionary:

badge | badges [plural] | badged [past tense] | badging [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "badge"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=badge

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

badge

Audio: North American pronunciation of "badge"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=badge​001 word=badge

YourDictionary Audio:

badge

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "badge" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/badge

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