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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Following that, state representative Ruth Buffalo (D-ND) was sworn into her position wearing traditional Native regalia. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Rashida Tlaib Will Wear a Traditional Palestinian Gown to Be Sworn Into Congress," 17 Dec. 2018 Also in attendance was this beautiful dude in full ballet boy regalia. Matt Ortile, SELF, "Whenever My Life Feels Out of Control, I Go to Ballet Class," 16 Aug. 2018 Hannigan and fellow candidates Ronna Cowapoo, Esther George, Cathy Howard and Donna Wesley were featured in a newspaper article with photos of each smiling and wearing some of their finest regalia. Tammy Ayer, The Seattle Times, "47 years, zero answers: 16-year-old Toppenish girl disappeared after Christmas Eve 1971. Her sister refuses to give up the search.," 4 Nov. 2018 Sarah presented in full Indiana Jones regalia, and Harrison Ford turned out to be in the audience, and a rather fun story emerges from that. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Transforming citizens into scientists with satellites," 2 Nov. 2018 The biggest diamonds have been incorporated into the Crown regalia, into the sceptre and the Imperial State Crown. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Wore a Heart-Shaped Brooch to Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 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

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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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