insignia

[in-sig-nee-uh]
noun formally a plural of, insigne but usually used as a singular with plural, insignia or insignias.
1.
a badge or distinguishing mark of office or honor: a military insignia.
2.
a distinguishing mark or sign of anything: an insignia of mourning.
Also, insigne.


Origin:
1640–50; < Latin, plural of insigne mark, badge, noun use of neuter of insignis distinguished (by a mark); see in-2, sign


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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insigne

[in-sig-nee]
noun
1.
singular of insignia.
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insignia (ɪnˈsɪɡnɪə, ɪnˈsɪɡniː)
 
n , pl -nias, -nia
1.  a badge or emblem of membership, office, or dignity
2.  a distinguishing sign or mark
 
[C17: from Latin: marks, badges, from insignis distinguished by a mark, prominent, from in-² + signum mark]

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insignia
1648, from L. insignia, neut. pl. of insigne "badge, mark," from in- "in" + signum "mark" (see sign).
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Example sentences
Chaplains may still wear lapel pins with crosses or other insignia.
Dazzled by the prospect of being part of a group, fans eagerly wear the group's
  insignia or team colors.
The lander was named after the bald eagle in the mission insignia.
It is a neatly done booklet about the rebel movement, including displays of all
  its insignia.
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