insignia

noun
in·​sig·​nia | \ in-ˈsig-nē-ə How to pronounce insignia (audio) \
variants: or less commonly insigne \ in-​ˈsig-​(ˌ)nē How to pronounce insigne (audio) \
plural insignia or insignias

Definition of insignia

1 : a badge of authority or honor
2 : a distinguishing mark or sign

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Insignia are the official signs of rank, titles, or awards. Medals are an example, as are the crowns of monarchs. The Catholic church employs such insignia as the red robes of cardinals. U.S. presidents have the presidential seal, which appears on the stand when they're giving a speech. But most of us think first of the bars, stripes, badges, and patches of military rank.

Examples of insignia in a Sentence

Their jackets have the school's insignia on the front.

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Fewer than 100 supporters of the Republican senators gathered peacefully outside the Capitol on Sunday, a handful wearing clothes bearing the militia’s insignia. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Oregon Senate Republicans are a no-show at Sunday floor session," 23 June 2019 Red roses also decorated the dinner table, and there were also floor-to-ceiling posters bearing Gilead's insignia. Glamour, "Kylie Jenner Reportedly Hosted a Handmaid's Tale-Themed Birthday Party for a Friend," 9 June 2019 Prior to 1960, each military branch designed its own insignia. Fox News, "D-Day combat patches reproduced by California company honoring US soldiers," 7 June 2019 Here, Richmond collaborated with Converse for men’s high-tops finished in sequins and studs with snakes or JR insignia. Washington Post, "Sunnei to Palm Angels, streetwear in fashion focus in Milan," 16 June 2019 The Continental flag with its Liberty Tree insignia came from the Massachusetts Colony where patriots met under the original tree in Cambridge to plan the revolution. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Flag Day," 14 June 2019 Shoulder sleeve insignia, or SSI, are made to precise, government specs. Fox News, "D-Day combat patches reproduced by California company honoring US soldiers," 7 June 2019 The Rangers, dressed in a mix of World War II-era uniforms--complete with the blue and yellow diamond-shaped Ranger insignia--and modern camouflage scaled the cliffs together. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch U.S. Army Rangers Scale The Same Cliff Their Forebears Did on D-Day," 6 June 2019 The centuries-old custom involved the Secretary of State of Wales reading the Letters Patent in Welsh, while the Queen bestowed upon Charles five pieces of insignia: a sword, coronet, ring, the gold rod, and the kingly mantle. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A Look Back at Prince Charles's Investiture as the Prince of Wales, 50 Years Later," 3 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of insignia

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for insignia

Latin insignia, plural of insigne mark, badge, from neuter of insignis marked, distinguished, from in- + signum mark — more at sign

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The first known use of insignia was in 1648

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insignia

noun

English Language Learners Definition of insignia

: a badge or sign which shows that a person is a member of a particular group or has a particular rank

insignia

noun
in·​sig·​nia | \ in-ˈsig-nē-ə How to pronounce insignia (audio) \
plural insignia or insignias

Kids Definition of insignia

: an emblem of a certain office, authority, or honor

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