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[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.
Origin of regalia
1530-40; < Medieval Latin rēgālia things pertaining to a king, noun use of neuter plural of Latin rēgālis regal1
Can be confused
regal, regale, regalia. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for regalia
  • The exhibit features everything from traditional regalia to ceremonial drums to headdresses to contemporary artwork.
  • Many of the guests threw themselves into full club regalia seldom seen since the heydays of disco.
  • And the regalia they donned was more along the lines of t-shirts emblazoned with moronic slogans.
  • The school met the wolves with regalia and song, and traditional and sacred wolf dances were re-enacted on the gymnasium floor.
  • It is not unlikely that some ceremonial regalia will be found in a museum collection.
British Dictionary definitions for regalia


plural noun (sometimes functioning as sing)
the ceremonial emblems or robes of royalty, high office, an order, etc
any splendid or special clothes; finery
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin: royal privileges, from Latin rēgālisregal1
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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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