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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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 Getty Images Kate Middleton was recently honored by Queen Elizabeth II with an insignia of the Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Insignia of the Dame Grand Cross May Debut In Public Soon," 23 May 2019 And while Sandberg's was dressed up as German, the group's planes are primarily adorned with period-appropriate United States insignia. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Plane Painted as a German Fighter Makes a Fiery Crash Landing on the Highway," 24 Oct. 2018 Enter the emblem sock: colored hosiery with a subtle insignia embroidered or printed at the ankle. Ha Duong, WSJ, "Found: Men’s Socks That Aren’t Patterned—or Plain," 17 Jan. 2019 O’Hara dresses up his tragic tale with elaborate nonfiction regalia, recording the insignia and rituals of small-town Pennsylvania with the exhaustive objectivity of an anthropology dissertation. Jamie James, WSJ, "‘John O’Hara: Four Novels of the 1930s’ Review: Big Fish in Small Towns," 3 Jan. 2019 Each pair features some iteration of Chiara’s signature cartoon eye insignia. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Converse and Chiara Ferragni Collaborate on Glittery Sneaker Collection," 11 Nov. 2018 The caller ID on Fury's dropped phone showed no name, just a bright flash of blue, red, and gold with a white insignia. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The trailer for Captain Marvel is finally here, and it’s spectacular," 18 Sep. 2018

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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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