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[in-sig-nee] /ɪnˈsɪg ni/
singular of insignia.


[in-sig-nee-uh] /ɪnˈsɪg ni ə/
noun, formally a plural of, insigne but usually used as a singular with plural, insignia or insignias.
a badge or distinguishing mark of office or honor:
a military insignia.
a distinguishing mark or sign of anything:
an insignia of mourning.
Also, insigne.
Origin of insignia
1640-50; < Latin, plural of insigne mark, badge, noun use of neuter of insignis distinguished (by a mark); see in-2, sign
Usage note
Insignia, originally the plural of Latin insigne, began to be used as a singular in the 18th century, and the plural insignias appeared shortly thereafter. All uses—insignia as a singular or plural and insignias as a plural—are fully standard. The singular insigne still occurs, but insignia is more common. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for insigne
Historical Examples
  • He looked pointedly at the insigne on Stan's pocket, then held out a tablet.

    Alarm Clock

    Everett B. Cole
  • The insigne you will recognize as a starfish opening an oyster.

    To Choke an Ocean

    Jesse F. (Jesse Franklin) Bone
  • As it drew near, he saw the insigne of the Solar Guard on the hood.

    Sabotage in Space Carey Rockwell
  • Morren describes a flower of Cypripedium insigne, in which there were two sepals and two petals.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • Rope (insigne of office) round waist for driving cattle, and tying the legs of cows when milking them.

  • The insigne of the washermen at Conjeeveram is a pot, such as that in which clothes are boiled.

  • It turned up among a quantity of Cypripedium insigne in the greenhouse of Mrs. Spicer, a lady residing at Twickenham.

    About Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • Another step forward and he saw something else above the insigne, a bar of black.

    Our Square and the People in It Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • Such vengeance were indeed signal, 'an insigne vengeance:'—O Brunswick, what words thou writest and blusterest!

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • They saw three figures, all in cadet uniforms, wearing the insigne of the Capella unit.

    Sabotage in Space Carey Rockwell
British Dictionary definitions for insigne


noun (pl) -nias, -nia
a badge or emblem of membership, office, or dignity
a distinguishing sign or mark
Also called (rare) insigne (ɪnˈsɪɡniː)
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: marks, badges, from insignis distinguished by a mark, prominent, from in-² + signum mark
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Word Origin and History for insigne



1640s, from Latin insignia, neuter plural of insigne "badge, mark," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + signum "mark" (see sign). Singular is insigne.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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