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in·sig·ni·a

(ĭn-sĭg′nē-ə) also in·sig·ne (-nē)
n. pl. insignia or in·sig·ni·as also in·sig·nes
1. A badge of office, rank, membership, or nationality; an emblem.
2. A distinguishing sign.

[Latin īnsignia, pl. of īnsigne, badge of office, mark, from neuter of īnsignis, distinguished, marked : in-, in; see in-2 + signum, sign; see sekw- in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: Insignia in Latin is the plural form of insigne, but it has long been used in English as both a singular and a plural form: The insignia was visible on the wingtip. There are five insignia on various parts of the plane. From the singular use of insignia comes the plural insignias, which is also acceptable. The Latin singular insigne is largely restricted to military contexts; in other contexts, it may strike some as pedantic.

insignia

(ɪnˈsɪɡnɪə)
n, pl -nias or -nia
1. a badge or emblem of membership, office, or dignity
2. a distinguishing sign or mark
Also called (rare): insigne
[C17: from Latin: marks, badges, from insignis distinguished by a mark, prominent, from in-2 + signum mark]

in•sig•ni•a

(ɪnˈsɪg ni ə)

n. formally a pl. of insigne, but usu. used as a sing. with pl. -ni•a or -ni•as.
1. a badge or distinguishing mark of office or honor: military insignia.
2. a distinguishing mark or sign of anything: an insignia of mourning.
Sometimes, insigne.
[1640–50; < Latin, pl. of insigne mark, badge, n. use of neuter of insignis distinguished (by a mark); see in2, sign]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.insignia - a badge worn to show official position
badge - an emblem (a small piece of plastic or cloth or metal) that signifies your status (rank or membership or affiliation etc.); "they checked everyone's badge before letting them in"
caduceus - an insignia used by the medical profession; modeled after the staff of Hermes
insignia of rank - an insignia worn on a military uniform
shoulder flash - something worn on the shoulder of a military uniform as an emblem of a division etc.
hash mark, hashmark, service stripe - an insignia worn to indicate years of service
cordon - cord or ribbon worn as an insignia of honor or rank
wings - stylized bird wings worn as an insignia by qualified pilots or air crew members

insignia

noun badge, symbol, decoration, crest, earmark, emblem, ensign, distinguishing mark a tunic bearing the insignia of the captain of the Irish Guards
Translations
شارَه
odznaky
insignier
tignarmerki
insignijosvaldžios ženklai
goda zīmesordeņizīmotnes
insígnie

insignia

[ɪnˈsɪgnɪə] NPL (insignias or insignia (pl)) → insignias fpl

insignia

[ɪnˈsɪgniə] nplinsignes mpl

insignia

plInsignien pl

insignia

[ɪnˈsɪgnɪə] nplinsegne fpl

insignia

(inˈsigniə) noun plural
symbols worn or carried as a mark of high office. The crown and sceptre are the insignia of a king.
References in classic literature ?
The two bridesmaids, whose insignia of office are paper wreaths, come next, and after them the rest of the guests, old and young, boys and girls.
Here is a portrait of my father in his masonic insignia.
On the day of his public installation he took off his insignia of office before the astonished notables, and, laying them one by one on the table, made them a profound reverence, and quietly withdrew.
The pope heaped attentions upon Rospigliosi and Spada, conferred upon them the insignia of the cardinalate, and induced them to arrange their affairs and take up their residence at Rome.
Charles Stuart," said the colonel of the English regiment, approaching the king, who had just put on the insignia of royalty, "do you yield yourself a prisoner?
Following the mimic representative of Hutchinson came a military figure, holding before his face the cocked hat which he had taken from his powdered head; but his epaulettes and other insignia of rank were those of a general officer, and something in his mien reminded the beholders of one who had recently been master of the Province House, and chief of all the land.
Four membranous wings covered with little colored scales of metallic appearance; mouth forming a rolled proboscis, produced by an elongation of the jaws, upon the sides of which are found the rudiments of mandibles and downy palpi; the inferior wings retained to the superior by a stiff hair; antennae in the form of an elongated club, prismatic; abdomen pointed, The Death's -- headed Sphinx has occasioned much terror among the vulgar, at times, by the melancholy kind of cry which it utters, and the insignia of death which it wears upon its corslet.
Waiters in white aprons were already laying out on white tables the insignia of an early and elegant lunch; and this seemed to increase a satisfaction that already touched the top of swagger.
Only two are known to exist, and these were worn as the insignia of their rank and position by the two old men in whose charge was placed the operation of the great engines which pump the artificial atmosphere to all parts of Mars from the huge atmosphere plant, the secret to whose mighty portals placed in my possession the ability to save from immediate extinction the life of a whole world.
Part way around I found a tiny radium flash torch, and as I examined it in mild curiosity as to its presence there in this almost inaccessible and unknown spot, I came suddenly upon the insignia of the house of Thurid jewel-inset in its metal case.
Abdul Aziz, absolute lord of the Ottoman empire--clad in dark green European clothes, almost without ornament or insignia of rank; a red Turkish fez on his head; a short, stout, dark man, black-bearded, black- eyed, stupid, unprepossessing--a man whose whole appearance somehow suggested that if he only had a cleaver in his hand and a white apron on, one would not be at all surprised to hear him say: "A mutton roast today, or will you have a nice porterhouse steak?
Thus defiled by fours, with the divers insignia of their grades, in that strange faculty, most of them lame, some cripples, others one-armed, shop clerks, pilgrim,