Meaning of “badge” in the English Dictionary

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"badge" in British English

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badgenoun [ C ]

uk /bædʒ/ us /bædʒ/

B2 a small piece of metal, plastic, cloth, etc., with words or a picture on it, that you carry with you or that is fastened or sewn to your clothing, often to show your support for a political organization or belief, or to show who you are, your rank, or that you are a member of a group, etc.:

Everyone at the conference wore a badge with their name on.

More examples

  • The birthday girl was wearing a badge with a nine on it.
  • He sewed the badge neatly onto his uniform.
  • New security measures require all visitors to sign in at reception and wear a visitor's badge.
  • She has all sorts of different badges pinned to her school bag.
  • You have to show your parking badge on the windscreen of your car, or they'll tow your car away.

(Definition of “badge” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"badge" in American English

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badgenoun [ C ]

us /bædʒ/

a small piece of metal worn to show your membership in a group or your authority within an organization such as the police

(Definition of “badge” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"badge" in Business English

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badgenoun [ C ]

uk /bædʒ/ us

WORKPLACE a small piece of metal, plastic, cloth, etc. that you wear on your clothing to identify who you are, the organization you belong to, etc.:

A security guard checks each car, verifying that occupants have a company ID badge before letting them in.

(Definition of “badge” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)