Definitions

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

  • n. A device or emblem worn as an insignia of rank, office, or membership in an organization.
  • n. An emblem given as an award or honor.
  • n. A characteristic mark. See Synonyms at sign.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A token or cognizance worn in allusion to the wearer's occupation, position, preferences, or achievements.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The mark or token of anything.
  • n. 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.
  • To mark or distinguish with a badge or as with a badge.
  • To hawk for sale; buy up, as provisions, for the purpose of selling again; regrate.
  • n. A breed of domesticated pigeons, so named because of the sprinkling of white about the head and 10 white flight-feathers.

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

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

Etymologies

Middle English bagge, from Norman French bage.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin bagea, bagia ("sign"), of Germanic origin; compare with Old English bēag, bēah ("bracelet, collar, crown"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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!

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

    Rogue Oracle

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Hummingbird stood thoughtfully, tapping a finger on the name badge that hung around her neck and wondering at the strange way of that woman.

    Unpretty

  • Our tour leaderBeryl, she says, tweaking her name badge to verify the facthas lived in the village of Saffron Green all her life and we are to ask her anything wed like to know.

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  • Ginger sees his name badge on his breast pocket: HOWARD WARNER, M.D.

    Sufficient Grace

  • Harvey Simmons, a former York University professor who helped establish the name badge rule, will also speak Thursday.

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