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regalia

[ri-gey-lee-uh, -geyl-yuh] /rɪˈgeɪ li ə, -ˈgeɪl yə/
plural noun
1.
the ensigns or emblems of royalty, as the crown or scepter.
2.
the decorations, insignia, or ceremonial clothes of any office or order.
3.
rich, fancy, or dressy clothing; finery:
guests wearing formal party regalia.
4.
royal rights or privileges.
Origin
1530-1540
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.
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  • 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

regalia

/rɪˈɡeɪlɪə/
plural noun (sometimes functioning as sing)
1.
the ceremonial emblems or robes of royalty, high office, an order, etc
2.
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
n.

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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