a special or distinctive mark, token, or device worn as a sign of allegiance, membership, authority, achievement, etc.:
a police badge; a merit badge.
any emblem, token, or distinctive mark:
He considered a slide rule as the badge of an engineering student.
a card bearing identifying information, as one’s name, symbol or place of employment, or academic affiliation, and often worn pinned to one’s clothing.
to furnish or mark with a badge.
Historical Examples

A grunting camel swung up to the porch, his badged and belted rider fumbling a leather pouch.
The Day’s Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling

He longed for the day when he could don the brass-buttoned blue suit and wear the badged cap of an apprentice seaman.
The Viking Blood Frederick William Wallace

What a brave little chap he looked in his badged cap and brass-buttoned uniform!
The Viking Blood Frederick William Wallace

His boss suggested he should, but Tam apparently held other views, went into a shipyard and was “badged and reserved.”
Tam O’ The Scoots Edgar Wallace

But—well, they do not treat us here as badged machines, but human brothers.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 105, July 8th 1893 Various

a distinguishing emblem or mark worn to signify membership, employment, achievement, etc
any revealing feature or mark

mid-14c., perhaps from Anglo-French bage or from Anglo-Latin bagis, plural of bagia “emblem,” all of unknown origin.


A police officer (1920s+ Underworld)


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