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From Middle English badge, bagge, bage, bagy, from Anglo-Norman bage or Medieval Latin bagea, bagia (sign, emblem), of uncertain origin. Possibly derived from Medieval Latin baga (ring), from Old Saxon bāg, bōg (ring, ornament), from Proto-Germanic *baugaz (ring, bracelet, armband); or possibly the Anglo-Norman word is derived from an earlier, unattested English word (compare Old English bēag (ring, bracelet, collar, crown). Cognate with Scots bagie, badgie, bawgy (badge).


  • (Received Pronunciation, UK) IPA(key): /bædʒ/
  • (General American, US) IPA(key): /bædʒ/
  • Rhymes: -ædʒ


badge (plural badges)

  1. 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.
    • 1843, William H. Prescott, The History of the Conquest of Mexico
      Tax-gatherers, [] recognized by their official badges.
  2. A small nameplate, identifying the wearer, and often giving additional information.
  3. A card, sometimes with a barcode or magnetic strip, granting access to a certain area.
  4. Something characteristic; a mark; a token.
  5. (obsolete, thieves' cant) A brand on the hand of a thief, etc.
  6. (nautical) A carved ornament on the stern of a vessel, containing a window or the representation of one.
  7. (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.
  8. (graphical user interface) A small overlay on an icon that shows additional information about that item, such as the number of new alerts or messages.
  9. (Internet, video games) An icon or emblem awarded to a user for some achievement.
  10. (slang) a police officer
    • 1995, Robert DeNiro (actor), Casino:


  • See Thesaurus:badge

Derived terms

  • badge bunny
  • badgeless
  • badgeman
  • badger


  • Japanese: バッジ (bajji)



badge (third-person singular simple present badges, present participle badging, simple past and past participle badged)

  1. (transitive) To mark or distinguish with a badge.
  2. (transitive) To show a badge to.
  3. (transitive, intransitive) To enter a restricted area by showing one's badge.
    • 2003, Joseph Wambaugh, Fire Lover, page 146:
      And Patterson didn't hear that Jack Egger, the studio's director of security, said he'd seen John Orr badge his way through the pedestrian gate sometime before 4:00 pm, when the fire was still raging, [...]
    • 2004, Sergei Hoteko, On The Fringe Of History, page 135:
      Our regional commissioner, his assistant commissioner and our district director, along with their wives, were hoofing it to the rotunda. Apparently they didn't try and badge their way through.
    • 2006, David Pollino, Bill Pennington, Tony Bradley, Himanshu Dwivedi, Hacker's challenge 3 (page 338)
      Aaron badged into the data center and escorted Geoff inside the large room with its many blinking green lights.



  • badge in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • The Manual of Heraldry, Fifth Edition, by Anonymous, London, 1862, online at [1]


  • bedag, begad, debag



Borrowed from English badge


  • IPA(key): /badʒ/
  • Homophones: badgent, badges


badge m (plural badges)

  1. identity badge



  1. first-person singular present indicative of badger
  2. third-person singular present indicative of badger
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of badger
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of badger
  5. second-person singular imperative of badger

Further reading

  • “badge” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

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