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[ri-gey-lee-uh, -geyl-yuh] /rɪˈgeɪ li ə, -ˈgeɪl yə/
plural noun
the ensigns or emblems of royalty, as the crown or scepter.
the decorations, insignia, or ceremonial clothes of any office or order.
rich, fancy, or dressy clothing; finery:
guests wearing formal party regalia.
royal rights or privileges.
Origin of regalia
1530-40; < Medieval Latin rēgālia things pertaining to a king, noun use of neuter plural of Latin rēgālis regal1
Can be confused
regal, regale, regalia. Unabridged
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  • This morning both he and the Keith girl were arrayed in the gayest of summer regalia.

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

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

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

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

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  • "You'll find this a fairly good one," said I, holding out a real Havana regalia.

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  • Sipiagin offered Nejdanov a regalia, but the latter refused.

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  • Its regalia is dressing-gowns or kimonos with bedroom slippers.

British Dictionary definitions for regalia


plural noun (sometimes functioning as sing)
the ceremonial emblems or robes of royalty, high office, an order, etc
any splendid or special clothes; finery
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin: royal privileges, from Latin rēgālisregal1
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Word Origin and History for regalia

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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