plural noun
re·​ga·​lia | \ri-ˈgāl-yə \

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.

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Other business and nonprofit leaders donning academic regalia include: Keith Hovan, president and chief executive of Southcoast Health System, at UMass Dartmouth. Globe Staff,, "Women sweep the Director of the Year awards," 7 May 2018 Listening to him is entertaining in itself but to see him in full wrestling regalia, Ring of Honor champ Dalton Castle is one unusual cat. Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "ROH's Best in the World features Dalton Castle, Cody, Marty Scurll, Tenille Dashwood," 28 June 2018 Consider striped pajamas in lieu of flag-like regalia. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "An Independent Woman’s Guide to Independence Day Dressing," 28 June 2018 There were ’90s sportswear zip-up jackets given tight belted waists and padded hips, followed by jackets printed with the fine detail of brocade and military regalia. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "Our 5 Favorite Shows From the Men’s Runways in London," 11 June 2018 Porch parties are being planned and race regalia has begun to outfit the city. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "With buzz of Indy 500 building, drivers must resist temptation to overlook IndyCar Grand Prix," 2 May 2018 Dancers wearing intricate, colorful regalia compete in different categories and age groups, and performers take part in singing contests before a panel of judges. Washington Post, "AP Explains: How Native American powwows evolved over years," 27 Apr. 2018 On the beauty front, the country's most famous bombshells are emerging as the game's clear winners, with aspirational summer hair and skin that glows against their neon-yellow-and-green team regalia. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "These Brazilian Supermodels Just Won Best Beauty at the 2018 World Cup," 3 July 2018 Also new was the house wardrobe team, on hand for skillful regalia repairs. Claudia Bauer,, "San Francisco’s Ethnic Dance Fest celebrates 40 years," 12 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of regalia

: special clothes and decorations (such as a crown or scepter) for official ceremonies

: special clothing of a particular kind

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