Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A device or emblem worn as an insignia of rank, office, or membership in an organization.
  • noun An emblem given as an award or honor.
  • noun A characteristic mark or indicative trait.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To mark or distinguish with a badge or as with a badge.
  • noun A breed of domesticated pigeons, so named because of the sprinkling of white about the head and 10 white flight-feathers.
  • To hawk for sale; buy up, as provisions, for the purpose of selling again; regrate.
  • noun A token or cognizance worn in allusion to the wearer's occupation, position, preferences, or achievements.
  • noun A mark, token, or device worn by servants, retainers, partizans, or followers, as a sign of their allegiance, or a similar token worn by members of an association to indicate their membership.
  • noun The mark or token of anything.
  • noun Nautical: A carved ornament formerly placed on ships, near the stern, and often containing the representation of a window. A mark of good conduct awarded in the United States naval service to seamen distinguished for sobriety and obedience.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To mark or distinguish with a badge.
  • noun A distinctive mark, token, sign, or cognizance, worn on the person.
  • noun Something characteristic; a mark; a token.
  • noun (Naut.) A carved ornament on the stern of a vessel, containing a window or the representation of one.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A small nameplate, identifying the wearer, and often giving additional information.
  • noun A card, sometimes with a barcode or magnetic strip, granting access to a certain area.
  • noun Something characteristic; a mark; a token.
  • noun obsolete, slang, obsolete, cant A brand on the hand of a thief, etc.
  • noun nautical A carved ornament on the stern of a vessel, containing a window or the representation of one.
  • noun 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.
  • verb transitive To mark or distinguish with a badge.
  • verb transitive To show a badge to.
  • verb transitive To enter a restricted area by showing one's badge.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an emblem (a small piece of plastic or cloth or metal) that signifies your status (rank or membership or affiliation etc.)
  • noun any feature that is regarded as a sign of status (a particular power or quality or rank)
  • verb put a badge on

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English bagge, from Norman French bage.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Examples

  • She wore a name badge on a beaded lanyard that identified her as Library of Congress staff.

    Rogue Oracle

  • His face was obscured because he obviously didn't give his permission, but his name badge is right there on his chest oh, the devil will drag him under, by the sharp lapel of his check coat!

    TV review: 24 Hours in A&E; The Kids are Alright

  • She wore a name badge on a beaded lanyard that identified her as Library of Congress staff.

    Rogue Oracle

  • His face was obscured because he obviously didn't give his permission, but his name badge is right there on his chest oh, the devil will drag him under, by the sharp lapel of his check coat!

    TV review: 24 Hours in A&E; The Kids are Alright

  • These were words that I hated just as much as the word “average,” and I knew they were lined up right around the corner ready to attach themselves to me like a name badge unless I did something exceptional and gave myself a better label, starting with my unexceptional, common-sounding name.

    Unbearable Lightness

  • The word “Centurion” was stitched above the breast pocket of his shirt; there were two holes in the fabric where his name badge had been removed.

    FALSE MERMAID

  • I grabbed a schedule and a name badge and was invited to sit down with two women perusing their swag.

    Shaking the Family Tree

  • I grabbed a schedule and a name badge and was invited to sit down with two women perusing their swag.

    Shaking the Family Tree

  • The word “Centurion” was stitched above the breast pocket of his shirt; there were two holes in the fabric where his name badge had been removed.

    FALSE MERMAID

  • One thing we never missed were District or Circuit Assemblies, and after each convention, Dad would become so motivated that hed practically pin his name badge directly through his chest.

    I'm Perfect, You're Doomed

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