insignia

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noun in·sig·nia \in-ˈsig-nē-ə\
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insigne

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Definition of insignia

plural

insignia

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insignias

  1. 1 :  a badge of authority or honor

  2. 2 :  a distinguishing mark or sign

Examples of insignia in a Sentence

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

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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.

Origin and Etymology of insignia

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


First Known Use: 1648


INSIGNIA Defined for English Language Learners

insignia

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Definition of insignia for English Language Learners

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


INSIGNIA Defined for Kids

insignia

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noun in·sig·nia \in-ˈsig-nē-ə\

Definition of insignia for Students

plural

insignia

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insignias

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


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