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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.
Origin and Etymology of regalia
First Known Use: circa 1540See Words from the same year
REGALIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of regalia for English Language Learners
: special clothes and decorations (such as a crown or scepter) for official ceremonies
: special clothing of a particular kind
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