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BADGE, noun [I know not the affinities of this word, not having found it in any other language. Probably it belongs to class Bg.]

1. A mark, sign, token or thing, by which a person is distinguished, in a particular place or employment, and designating his relation to a person or to a particular occupation; as the badge of authority.

2. The mark or token of anything; as the badge of bitterness.

3. An ornament on ships, near the stern, decorated with figures.

BADGE, verb transitive To mark, or distinguish with a badge