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

 

merit badge

 
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any of several badges awarded in the Boy Scouts of America for different achievements and sewn onto their uniforms. A certain number are needed before a Scout can move to a higher rank. Merit badges are awarded for skills and study in many areas, such as cooking, safety, communications, sports, computers, pets and family life.