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Badges and ribbons

armband

noun

a small piece of cloth worn around one arm, to show that you have a particular job or belong to a particular organization. People sometimes wear a black armband to show respect for someone who has died.

badge

noun

a small round object that fastens onto your clothes with a pin and usually has a picture or writing on it. The American word is button.

badge

noun

a special piece of metal, cloth, or plastic, often with words or symbols on it, that you wear or carry with you to show your rank or official position

badge

noun

a similar object that shows that you have achieved something

button

noun

a round badge that you wear on your clothes

chevron

noun

a symbol in the shape of an upside-down ‘V’ that soldiers, police officers etc wear on their sleeve to show their rank

flag

noun

a small piece of cloth or paper fixed to a stick or pin that is sold on flag day

insignia

noun

a mark or sign that shows someone’s rank or status, or what organization they belong to

poppy

noun

an artificial poppy that people in the UK wear for Remembrance Day (=a day when people remember the soldiers who died in wars)

ribbon

noun

a narrow piece of coloured cloth folded over itself, worn to show support for an organization, principle, or aim

stripe

noun

a band of cloth on a uniform showing the rank of the person wearing it

yellow ribbon

noun

a thin band of yellow material that people tie around a tree as a way of remembering someone who has gone away, and as a sign of hope that they will return

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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