From Middle English badge, bagge, bage, bagy, whose ultimate etymology is uncertain. Possibly from Anglo-Norman bage or Late Latin bagea, bagia (“sign, emblem”); but possibly the Anglo-Norman word is derived from an earlier, unattested English word. Cognate with Scots bagie, badgie, bawgy (“badge”).
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.
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) To enter a restricted area by showing one's badge.