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 Björk and Erykah Badu in all their regalia, and the happily-ever-after Swiss life of Tina Turner in retirement, but hardly retiring. Amanda Webster, New York Times, "Our Favorite Arts Photos of 2019," 26 Dec. 2019 The ladies in their Dior regalia are stepping gingerly up a muddy little ramp. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "Why would anyone want Dior coveralls? Never mind, just enjoy its garden-themed Paris runway show.," 25 Sep. 2019 But with a new promo showing Ru in full regalia, fans are now wondering if the star might give us some sickening looks on Saturday. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "5 Things We Want to See From RuPaul on 'Saturday Night Live'," 7 Feb. 2020 And while the dynasty’s regalia was glittery and their palaces splendid, the royals themselves were markedly less easy on the eyes: Generation after generation, Habsburg monarchs had sharply jutting jaws, bulbous lower lips and long noses. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "The Distinctive ‘Habsburg Jaw’ Was Likely the Result of the Royal Family’s Inbreeding," 4 Dec. 2019 Billboards and posters that show Hifter in full military regalia line the streets. Washington Post, "Families sue Libyan commander who once lived in Virginia," 27 June 2019 The legendary history of the Buffalo Soldiers and Seminole Indian Scouts will be celebrated in full regalia Sunday at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute of Texan Cultures. Vincent T. Davis,, "ITC Buffalo Soldier Day part of San Antonio’s Dream Week Celebration," 10 Jan. 2020 In the shots, the animals strike sweet poses while the dancers prance around them in full Nutcracker regalia. Kelli Bender,, "Nutcracker Ballerinas Visit Shelter to Dance with Adoptable Sugarplum Pets," 6 Nov. 2019 Two of the four members of their party were Cubs fans in full regalia. Teddy Greenstein,, "‘You can’t do this at a bar’: White Sox fans revel in the tailgating scene outside of Guaranteed Rate Field," 6 July 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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The first known use of regalia was circa 1540

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29 Feb 2020

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“Regalia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 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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