[ri-gey-lee-uh, -geyl-yuh]

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 confusedregal regale regalia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for regalia

insignia, array, crown, scepter

Examples from the Web for regalia

Contemporary Examples of regalia

Historical Examples of regalia

  • This morning both he and the Keith girl were arrayed in the gayest of summer regalia.


    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


pl n (sometimes functioning as singular)

the ceremonial emblems or robes of royalty, high office, an order, etc
any splendid or special clothes; finery

Word Origin for regalia

C16: from Medieval Latin: royal privileges, from Latin rēgālis regal 1
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper