English Online Dictionary. What means badge? What does badge mean?
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”).
- IPA(key): /bæd͡ʒ/
- Rhymes: -ædʒ
badge (plural badges)
- 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.
- A small nameplate, identifying the wearer, and often giving additional information.
- A card, sometimes with a barcode or magnetic strip, granting access to a certain area.
- Something characteristic; a mark; a token.
- (obsolete, thieves' cant) A brand on the hand of a thief, etc.
- (nautical) A carved ornament on the stern of a vessel, containing a window or the representation of one.
- (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.
- (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.
- (Internet, video games) An icon or emblem awarded to a user for some achievement.
- (slang) A police officer.
- 1995, Robert DeNiro (actor), Casino:
- See Thesaurus:badge
- → Japanese: バッジ (bajji)
- → Korean: 배지 (baeji)
badge (third-person singular simple present badges, present participle badging, simple past and past participle badged)
- (transitive) To mark or distinguish with a badge.
- (transitive) To show a badge to.
- (transitive, intransitive) To enter a restricted area by showing one's badge.
- “badge”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- The Manual of Heraldry, Fifth Edition, by Anonymous, London, 1862, online at 
- bedag, begad, debag
Borrowed from English badge.
- IPA(key): /badʒ/
- Homophones: badgent, badges
badge m (plural badges)
- identity badge
- inflection of badger:
- first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
- second-person singular imperative
- “badge”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.