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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Players will have gold socks and gold wristbands, and the field at Turner stadium will have the Gold, Fight, Win insignia. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Turner Stadium to go gold for childhood cancer awareness during rivalry game," 13 Sep. 2019 And she’s been wearing small dice insignia during her promotional tour on her clothes. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Your Guide to the Many, Many References Taylor Swift Drops in the Lover Album," 23 Aug. 2019 The bottle features the United Federation of Planets seal and the Starfleet insignia. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "New 'Star Trek' wine lets you sample Capt. Jean-Luc Picard's vino," 30 July 2019 Coach asked permission to use NASA’s 1976-designed, retro red logotype for its collection — an insignia that had not previously been approved for use on merchandise. Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, "The NASA logo is having a moment," 19 July 2019 Beware the talons Command module pilot Mike Collins did most of the design work for the Apollo 11 insignia. Jamie Turner,, "11 things you might not know about Apollo 11 and the Space Race: Apollo 11 at 50," 17 July 2019 The pop star, who's set to perform two songs at the ceremony on Monday night (Aug. 26), strolled out before the show in a vibrant Versace mini blazer-dress printed with the designer's insignia over what appears to be a hot pink leotard. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Taylor Swift Rocked Her Own Technicolor Dreamcoat on the 2019 MTV VMAs Red Carpet," 26 Aug. 2019 Modesto Bee The Marine Corps has ordered Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) to stop using its insignia on his campaign mailers. Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: A new Fortune 500, the end of an era for Netflix and a lot of garlic in the week ahead," 22 July 2019 Their tattoos feature neo-Nazi connotations such as SS runic insignia. Michael Colborne, The New Republic, "Friday Night Fights With Ukraine’s Far Right," 9 July 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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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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