plural noun
re·​ga·​lia | \ ri-ˈgāl-yə How to pronounce regalia (audio) \

Definition of regalia

1 : royal rights or prerogatives
2a : the emblems, symbols, or paraphernalia indicative of royalty
b : decorations or insignia indicative of an office or membership
3 : special dress especially : finery

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Just as regal describes a king or queen—that is, a ruler—regalia originally meant the things, and especially the dress and decoration, that belong exclusively to a monarch. The British monarchy's regalia include the crown jewels (crown, scepter, orb, sword, etc.) that lend luster to royal coronations. Academic regalia—the caps, gowns, and hoods worn by students receiving their degrees—link institutions to their past by preserving the dress worn at universities since their beginnings in the Middle Ages, when long hooded robes were needed for warmth.

Examples of regalia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most wear timeworn regalia passed down by relatives. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 May 2022 As her friends took selfies in their regalia and stuffed cold packs into their gowns, Maya fastened a belt to her waist, a support to help her carry the Class of 2022 flag., 22 May 2022 Paige, who was all decked out in her graduation regalia, snapped photos with her siblings, grandparents and more extended family members. Antonia Debianchi,, 16 May 2022 Last year, some families found having to seek approval to wear their own traditional regalia to be an insulting requirement. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2022 Halloween apart, masks are the regalia of bandits and political criminals. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 In addition to evening wear, the contestants showcase traditional Indigenous clothing and are expected to explain the significance of each facet of their regalia. Debra Utacia Krol, USA TODAY, 10 Nov. 2021 Operations are also busy at Balfour & Co., a competing regalia retailer, where employees are working extra shifts and shipping items overnight, said CEO Ryan Esko. Melissa Korn, WSJ, 13 May 2022 This carving on the cave ceiling is 6 feet long and appears to show a human figure wearing Native American regalia. Tom Metcalfe, NBC News, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of regalia

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for regalia

Medieval Latin, from Latin, neuter plural of regalis

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1 Jul 2022

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“Regalia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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