- a badge or distinguishing mark of office or honor: a military insignia.
- a distinguishing mark or sign of anything: an insignia of mourning.
Origin of insignia
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.
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Examples from the Web for insigne
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
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.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
- a badge or emblem of membership, office, or dignity
- a distinguishing sign or mark
Also called (rare): insigne (ɪnˈsɪɡniː)
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
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