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regalia

[ri-gey-lee-uh, -geyl-yuh]
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plural noun
  1. the ensigns or emblems of royalty, as the crown or scepter.
  2. the decorations, insignia, or ceremonial clothes of any office or order.
  3. rich, fancy, or dressy clothing; finery: guests wearing formal party regalia.
  4. royal rights or privileges.
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Origin of regalia

1530–40; < Medieval Latin rēgālia things pertaining to a king, noun use of neuter plural of Latin rēgālis regal1
Can be confusedregal regale regalia
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  • This morning both he and the Keith girl were arrayed in the gayest of summer regalia.

    Mary-'Gusta

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He married the maiden, and with her got a jewel or talisman which is preserved with the regalia.

  • It looks beautiful bejeweled; on the end of a sword; or worked into regalia.

  • Just you get me the regalia in Britstown—a pink flag and red lantern.

    On the Heels of De Wet

    The Intelligence Officer

  • Then he had the regalia he had worn in his last audiovisual to Angus dusted off.

    Space Viking

    Henry Beam Piper


British Dictionary definitions for regalia

regalia

pl n (sometimes functioning as singular)
  1. the ceremonial emblems or robes of royalty, high office, an order, etc
  2. any splendid or special clothes; finery
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Word Origin

C16: from Medieval Latin: royal privileges, from Latin rēgālis regal 1
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Word Origin and History for regalia

n.

1530s, "rights and powers of a king, royal privilege," from Latin regalia "royal things," noun use of neuter plural of regalis (see regal). Meaning "decorations or insignia of an order" first recorded 1670s.

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