regalia

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 During a memorial ceremony, leaders of the clans typically offer comforting words while also bringing out regalia such as Chilkat robes, clan hats and blankets, invoking the spirits of clan ancestors to assist the grieving process. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, "Sacred and safe during the pandemic: Alaska Tlingits hold online memorial for elder David Katzeek," 10 Nov. 2020 During a memorial ceremony, leaders of the clans typically offer comforting words while also bringing out regalia such as Chilkat robes, clan hats and blankets, invoking the spirits of clan ancestors to assist the grieving process. Mark Thiessen, Star Tribune, "Alaska Tlingits hold memorial ceremony online amid pandemic," 10 Nov. 2020 The pups were in Gucci regalia just like her—only in New York. The Editors, Town & Country, "Remember Fun? Here's a Short History of the Best Parties in Recent-ish Memory," 22 Mar. 2021 His humility was not exactly rewarded; the U.S. government responded by passing the iconic shield on to John Walker (Wyatt Russell), who showed up in the final moments dressed in full Captain America regalia. Christian Holub, EW.com, "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," 19 Mar. 2021 Filling the space of a football field, a typical military brass band played on the left side of the formation while a traditional Korean military band in full regalia played drums and horns on the the right side. Joohee Cho, ABC News, "Secretary of Defense underlines importance of alliance in first trip to South Korea," 17 Mar. 2021 Not long after, Pyle spots men dressed in full KKK regalia handing out pamphlets at street corners in town. Chris Serres, Star Tribune, "'We saved lives': How isolating Minnesota's homeless kept them safe from COVID-19," 13 Mar. 2021 Wanda powers up by sucking the energy out of Agatha and transforming into the Scarlet Witch, in full red regalia and crown. Abraham Riesman, Vulture, "WandaVision Finale: Ding, Dong, the Witch Is Sad," 5 Mar. 2021 Regardless of what speed state and federal laws adapt to catch up with the culture, Black hair shows will continue to reign, wowing the world with their over-the-top, yet never-too-much levels of regalia. Chanté Griffin, Marie Claire, "Hair as Art," 28 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of regalia was circa 1540

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8 Apr 2021

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“Regalia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regalia. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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regalia

noun

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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