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[in-dish-ee-uh] /ɪnˈdɪʃ i ə/
plural noun, singular indicium.
a postal marking used rather than a stamp or a regular cancellation on each item in a large shipment of prepaid mail.
Often, indicium.
  1. a printed message or instruction, especially one stamped on a package: an indicium of “bulk mail.”.
  2. an indication or token.
Origin of indicia
1615-25; < Latin, plural of indicium indicium


[in-dish-ee-uh m] /ɪnˈdɪʃ i əm/
noun, plural indicia
[in-dish-ee-uh] /ɪnˈdɪʃ i ə/ (Show IPA),
indicia (def 2).
1615-25; < Latin: disclosure, sign, indication, equivalent to indic(āre) to make known (see indicate) + -ium -ium Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for indicia
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  • They form the indicia to a people's mission, and are our best guides to God's purpose in creating us.

    The Negro Problem Booker T. Washington, et al.
  • The same is true of Kemmerer's indicia of "growth of business."

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • Averages may be indicia of causation, but they are not themselves causes.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • These three indicia, weighted in a manner to be described in a moment, are then averaged.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • The indicia of trade cover up speculation and the other things that go on in New York, and other financial centers.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • Their indicia of variation for "trade," though failing to meet the problems for which they were designed, as shown in chs.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • He next tried to bring forward what might be called a number of indicia supporting his view.

British Dictionary definitions for indicia


plural noun (sing) -cium (-ʃɪəm)
distinguishing markings or signs; indications
Derived Forms
indicial, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, plural of indicium a notice, from index
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for indicia

"indications," Latin plural of indicium "information, disclosure, discovery," from index (genitive indicis); see index.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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