1 an emblem (a small piece of plastic or cloth or metal) that signifies your status (rank or membership or affiliation etc.); "they checked everyone's badge before letting them in"
2 any feature that is regarded as a sign of status (a particular power or quality or rank); "wearing a tie was regarded as a badge of respectability" v : put a badge on; "The workers here must be badged"
EtymologyFrom bagea, bagia "sign", probably of origin; compare with Old English beág, beáh "bracelet", "collar", "crown". bg- in comparison to Old English bgan "to bow", "bend", biegen.
- Rhymes with: -ædʒ
- 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.
- Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.
- A term used for one burned
in the hand.
- He has got his badge, and piked: He was burned in the hand, and is at liberty.
- A carved ornament on the stern of a vessel, containing a window or the representation of one.
- 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.
a card to grant access
carved ornament on the stern of a vessel
Translations to be checked
to mark or distinguish with a badge
- For other uses, see Badge (disambiguation)
A badge is a device, patch, or accoutrement which is presented or displayed to indicate some feat of service, a special accomplishment, a symbol of authority granted by taking an oath (e.g., police and fire), a sign of legitimate employment or student status, or as a simple means of identification. They are also used in advertising and publicity.
Badges have become highly collectible: in the UK, for example, the Badge Collectors' Circle has been in existence since 1980.http://www.badgecollectorscircle.co.uk/
In the military, badges are often used to denote qualifications received through military training. Similarly, scouting organizations use them to show group membership and rank.
Members of fraternities and sororities often refer to the pins that signify their membership as badges.
One of the best-known badges is the typically star-shaped U.S. sheriff's badge, made famous in Westerns.
The BBC children's programme Blue Peter also awards its own "Blue Peter badge" to members of the public who appear on the show. These are highly collectible as they cannot be bought - except from people who have been awarded one and wish to sell it.
Case badges are also thick (about 3 mm deep), 3 cm x 3 cm lucite stickers that are often packaged with various computer parts, such as processors and video cards. Modern computer cases are frequently embellished with an indentation on the case's front panel to facilitate the affixing of a case badge.
In work places employees are often issued name badges which identify them. Name badges are also commonly issued in high schools and hospitals. They are often used to tell legitimate workers from impersonators.
Badges can be made from a wide range of materials such as metal, plastic, rubber, leather and textiles. Textile badges, for example, can be either woven or embroidered.
- Setchfield, Frank (1986). Official Badge Collector's Guide: From the 1890s to the 1980s. London: Longman. ISBN 0-582-89306-2
badge in German: Plakette
badge in French: Badge
badge in Italian: Badge
badge in Japanese: バッジ
badge in Norwegian: Merke (utmerkelse)
badge in Polish: Odznaka i oznaka
badge in Portuguese: Distintivo
badge in Russian: Нагрудный знак
badge in Finnish: Rintamerkki
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