Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, mid-16th century
The emblems or insignia of royalty, especially the crown, scepter, and other ornaments used at a coronation.
Examples of Regalia in a sentence
"The higher the military rank, the more regalia will be featured on formal dress."
"The collection of crown jewels are part of the queen’s regalia. "
Popularity Over Time
This word stems from the medieval Latin meaning “royal privileges.” It originates from the neuter plural of “regalis,” meaning “regal.”
Did you Know?
The word “regalia” traditionally applied to those with royal backgrounds. In the Middle Ages, the definition started to broaden a bit. Academic regalia in graduation ceremonies — gowns, caps, hoods, and medals — is a tradition from that time when hooded gowns were necessary to keep the graduating students and educators warm.