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Definition of badge noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a small piece of metal or plastic, with a design or words on it, that a person wears to show that they belong to an organization, support something, have achieved something, have a particular rank, etc. a Girl Scout badge All employees have to wear name badges. compare button
  2. 2a small piece of metal that you carry or wear to prove who you are, used, for example, by police officers He pulled out a badge and said he was a cop.
  3. 3badge of honor/courage (formal) something that you are proud of or that shows how brave you are He wore his working-class background like a badge of honor.
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