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.
Recent Examples on the Web According to The Washington Post, the Space Force cribs from past Air Force designs, while Star Trek's official website says its insignia is an in-universe evolution from the original NASA flight pin, first given to astronaut Deke Slayton in 1967. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Why the U.S. Space Force Should Boldly Embrace Star Trek," 27 Jan. 2020 Golsteyn, like Gallagher, wanted the insignia of his membership in special operations forces to be restored after he was pardoned. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Army to consider returning award to Matthew Golsteyn, soldier pardoned by Trump," 9 Jan. 2020 Since 1982, this has been the insignia of a four-generation family business that has been around, in one form or another, since 1922. Los Angeles Times, "L.A.’s best logo belongs to Western Truck Exchange. Prove us wrong," 2 Jan. 2020 An intelligence specialist, judging by his insignia, had a red-shirted member of the crash crew pinned to the wheel of a recovery crane. David Canfield,, "Read a creepy first excerpt from George A. Romero's posthumous The Living Dead novel," 23 Sep. 2019 At a guess, few going into an Armani emporium are likely to note in his output the echoes of a formative and terrible past (although the more informed among them may pause a moment to ponder the eagle that is Mr. Armani’s insignia). New York Times, "At Milan Men’s Week, the War Lives On," 15 Jan. 2020 Instead, many of them were wearing blue blazers bearing the Colts' insignia. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Memories flood back to Dwight Freeney during his Ring of Honor ceremony," 10 Nov. 2019 Such was the farewell for the star BC baseball player, his casket draped with BC and St. John’s insignia as it was brought into the church, escorted by eight pall bearers who included his closest friends and a former college teammate. Brian Macquarrie,, "Funeral held for Pete Frates, who raised millions for ALS research," 13 Dec. 2019 Namely, three insignia rings originally made from three dollar liberty coins that were introduced in 1855. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "The Irishman Made Me Want to Wear a Pinky Ring," 26 Nov. 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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8 Feb 2020

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“Insignia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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


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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