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.

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A week before the school year ended, over breakfast in a small ballroom at the community college, Monreal walked back and forth between her table and the podium, collecting her graduation regalia. Alia Malik,, "College path for San Antonio student started with dad’s combat wound," 4 June 2019 O’Hara dresses up his tragic tale with elaborate nonfiction regalia, recording the insignia and rituals of small-town Pennsylvania with the exhaustive objectivity of an anthropology dissertation. Jamie James, WSJ, "‘John O’Hara: Four Novels of the 1930s’ Review: Big Fish in Small Towns," 3 Jan. 2019 Other times, his subjects wear both traditional regalia and Westernized fashion, as though to nod to the lingering influence of colonization. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "A New Exhibit Showcases the Groundbreaking Work of Late Indigenous Artist T. C. Cannon," 5 Apr. 2019 One early photo shows the artist in full Communion regalia, complete with white dress, veil, clasped hands in prayer, and a demure smile undermined by a pair of mischievous eyes. Lillian Dondero, ELLE Decor, "Fashionably Late: An Editor's Take on the Frida Kahlo Exhibit in Brooklyn," 27 Mar. 2019 While Gallina and his colleagues continue the hunt for more Bajadasaurus pronuspinax specimens in Patagonia, zoologists and entomologists around the world can look to creatures in their fields for current examples of spiky weaponry and regalia. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Newly Discovered Dinos Had Badass Bone Mohawks," 7 Feb. 2019 Photos of the pair checking out the Swedish regalia were shared on the main Swedish royal family account. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Crown Princess Victoria Takes Her Daughter, Princess Estelle, on a Tour Through the Royal Treasury," 11 Jan. 2019 All eyes might've been on the royal women, but Carl Philip looked just as good in his tux and regalia. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Royal Zaddy Prince Carl Philip of Sweden Gets Into the Holiday Spirit with His Adorable Baby," 17 Dec. 2018 Green is everywhere from early March until after St. Patrick’s Day regalia is long gone. Fox News, "Things you didn’t know about St. Patrick’s Day," 8 Mar. 2016

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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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