Definition of badge noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bædʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bædʒ//
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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. She wore a badge saying ‘Vote for Coates’. All employees have to wear name badges. compare button See related entries: Accessories
  2. 2(British English) (North American English patch) a piece of material that you sew onto clothes as part of a uniform the school badge
  3. 3a 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.
  4. 4(formal) something that shows that a particular quality is present His gun was a badge of power for him.
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: of unknown origin.Extra examples His badge of office, a large gold key, hung around his neck. His scars are badges of honour/​honor. The police officer flashed his badge. parking for disabled badge holders
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