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Word of the day: Regalia

Regalia

[rə-GAYL-yə]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, mid-16th century

1.The emblems or insignia of royalty, especially the crown, scepter, and other ornaments used at a coronation.

2.The distinctive clothing worn and ornaments carried at formal occasions as an indication of status.

Examples of regalia in a sentence

"The higher the military rank, the more regalia will be featured on formal dress."

"The collection of crown jewels is part of the queen’s regalia. "

About Regalia

This word stems from the medieval Latin meaning “royal privileges.” It originates from the neuter plural of “regalis,” meaning “regal.”

Did you Know?

The word “regalia” traditionally applied to those with royal backgrounds, but in the Middle Ages, the definition started to broaden a bit. Academic regalia in graduation ceremonies — gowns, caps, hoods, and medals — is a tradition from that time when hooded gowns were necessary to keep the graduating students and educators warm.

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