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 The enormity of the situation became obvious to Roberts when the FBI showed up at his house one day, regrettably not in full Men in Black regalia. Jordan Runtagh,, "The Storming of Area 51: A Covert Journey to the Heart of America’s Worst-Kept Secret," 13 Jan. 2020 Diego Velázquez’s Felipe IV a Caballo (Philip IV on Horseback), once featuring the Spanish royal in glorious regalia atop his trusty steed, now struggles to stay afloat amidst rising sea levels. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "See Four Spanish Masterpieces Updated to Reflect the Consequences of Climate Change," 10 Dec. 2019 Students danced in traditional Native American regalia as parents and family watched on from the stands. Christopher Harress |, al, "Beyond the Poarch Creek Indians, there’s a lot more to Alabama’s Native American history," 28 Nov. 2019 The rest of her crew was also in full Halloween regalia as zombie bellhops. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Kelly Clarkson Dressed Up as Winifred From Hocus Pocus and Performed 'I Put a Spell on You'," 31 Oct. 2019 And fans are still puzzling over the final shot, which seems to show Rey in Sith regalia. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," 21 Oct. 2019 The work depicts a nobleman on a bucking horse -- purportedly da Vinci patron Charles d’Amboise, a French governor of Milan -- in full military regalia. Katya Kazakina, Fortune, "This DaVinci Statue Could Go for $50 Million. But Is It Real?," 2 Oct. 2019 Tom Cornelius, a 43-year-old engineer from Cincinnati who attended the premiere decked out in First Order Snowtrooper regalia, gave voice to a common refrain among die-hard fans. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, "'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' faces a tall order: Satisfying legions of fans," 19 Dec. 2019 After purchasing matching marching band regalia, the group hit the cobblestone courtyards of Hamburg and quickly went viral. Morena Duwe, Billboard, "Meet Meute, the German Marching Band That Plays Only Electronic Music Covers," 11 Dec. 2019

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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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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Regalia.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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