[ 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.


Nearby words

  1. reg. prof.,
  2. regain,
  3. regal,
  4. regal moth,
  5. regale,
  6. regality,
  7. regally,
  8. regan,
  9. regard,
  10. regardant

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

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British Dictionary definitions for regalia


/ (rɪˈɡeɪlɪə) /

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.

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