Definition of insignia in English:

insignia

Line breaks: in|sig¦nia
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈsɪgnɪə
 
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noun (plural same or insignias)

  • 1A distinguishing badge or emblem of military rank, office, or membership of an organization: a khaki uniform with colonel’s insignia on the collar the royal insignia of Scotland
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    • These liveries came to be distinguished by heraldic insignia and emblems.
    • The US system of rank badges and insignia, introduced in the early 19th century, is highly distinctive, and instructive.
    • Ramirez stood up easily in his military uniform, no insignia giving his rank.
    Synonyms
    badge, crest, emblem, symbol, sign, device, mark, seal, colours; decoration, medal, medallion, pin, ribbon, star, award
    military slang fruit salad
    British informal gong
  • 1.1A sign or token of something: the ruins are devoid of moss and ivy, the romantic insignia of age and decay
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    • We ourselves circulate as so many signs, carrying on our bodies innumerable minor signs and insignias.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin, plural of insigne 'sign, badge of office', neuter of insignis 'distinguished (as if by a mark)', from in- 'towards' + signum 'sign'.

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