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[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.


[in-sig-nee] /ɪnˈsɪg ni/
singular of insignia.
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  • It should be the largest and most magnificent of all the Indian head-dresses, as it is the insignia of chiefdom.

  • Still, the insignia within were not those of pinched poverty.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • There are scores of dead horses on the field; choose one without any embroidery or insignia.

    Won by the Sword G.A. Henty
  • You and I, my friend, will carry their insignia for some days.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Dal recognized the ship's design and insignia even before the signals came in, and could hardly contain his excitement.

    Star Surgeon Alan Nourse
British Dictionary definitions for insignia


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 insignia

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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