Definition of regalia in US English:


plural noun

  • 1treated as singular or plural The emblems or insignia of royalty, especially the crown, scepter, and other ornaments used at a coronation.

    • ‘Her son John Balliol, who became King of Scotland at the behest of King Edward I had his regalia stripped from him by Edward when he didn't toe the line.’
    • ‘The state jewels were accordingly brought from the Tower of London and the medieval coronation regalia and vestments, several pieces of which had almost certainly belonged to Edward the Confessor, from Westminster Abbey.’
    • ‘We saw the Scottish Crown Jewels, the second most expensive in Europe and the oldest royal regalia in Britain.’
    • ‘In addition to the throne, the ceremony did include the presence of some of the trappings one might expect at a coronation, including the royal robes and the Crown regalia.’
    • ‘A new royal barge, emblazoned in silver and gold and with elaborate wainscoting, was commissioned, and trimmed with the king and queen's regalia.’
    • ‘In such a private meeting as he represents in the Hemetes image, the Queen would probably not have worn her coronation regalia.’
    • ‘To some, the term might be understood as just the Crown regalia - the State crown, the scepter and, sometimes, the orb, which serve as the symbolic representations of the glory of the monarchy and are used in coronations and State events.’
    • ‘The collection of a regalia for coronation purposes added to the solemnity and antiquity of the occasion and seems to have been begun by the monks of Westminster abbey.’
    • ‘The earliest suggestion came from a neo-Druid writer, Nash Williams, who noted the similarity between the grail and an object included among the Arthurian regalia in traditional Welsh lists.’
    • ‘To fully comprehend the nature of the criminal justice system in Mexico City is to understand that the judicial power of the colonial state and its agents was not to be found in the trappings, rituals, and royal regalia of the court.’
    • ‘The front was covered with decorations, including mock-ups of a throne and floral crown, window-sill models of Coronation regalia and the Royal coach, coloured lights and Royal portraits.’
    • ‘He met children from Hermitage Primary School in Tower Hamlets and St Peter's Primary School in Woolwich as they enjoyed workshops in royal regalia, arms and armour.’
    • ‘There are no clear answers to these questions despite the information provided by the images described above and others in the Monza collection, but from this time onwards the crown remained an integral feature of Lombard regalia.’
    • ‘For those who don't know, the Honours of Scotland are the regalia or crown jewels, mostly dating from the early sixteenth century.’
    • ‘Norwegian royalty is shorn of regalia but is safety ensconced in respect.’
    • ‘The principal pieces of St Edward's regalia, including the coronation crown, were delivered directly to the Mint.’
    • ‘Lajuwa reportedly hid his corpse, wore the royal regalia, and started impersonating the king.’
    • ‘The feudal past comes alive in the splendid portraits of royalty in full regalia, the photographs of palaces and luxurious interiors, and curiosities such as the Bahawalpur bed.’
    • ‘Her Malay monarchy absorbed a diversity of foreign traders into a polyglot elite united by the royal person, a Malay lingua franca, and a pattern of rules and sacred regalia passed down from courts such as Malacca and Pasai.’
    • ‘Following a well-established formula for regal portraits, Winterhalter created distant yet elegant formal likenesses of the rulers in full regalia.’
    strip, kit, uniform, costume, livery, insignia
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    1. 1.1 The distinctive clothing worn and ornaments carried at formal occasions as an indication of status.
      ‘the Bishop of Florence in full regalia’
      • ‘Now young Catholics, for whom Vatican II is as remote as the Council of Trent, find episcopal costumes and regalia curious and antique.’
      • ‘Pius XII is standing, in full regalia; his papal cloak envelops him, draped over his shoulders like a protecting towel as if he had just emerged from a swim.’
      • ‘Merlin Michael Williams appeared at a magistrates' court in the southern English coastal town of Portsmouth wearing his full Druidic regalia of green robe and blue cloak, with talismans around his neck.’
      • ‘The combination of sentiment and silliness works brilliantly, and the sight of Ricky in full voodoo witch doctor regalia mesmerized by his newborn son is an iconographic moment in I Love Lucy's run.’
      • ‘People love to see the mayor and love to see him or her in full regalia.’
      • ‘Rodriguez, 49, was sworn in hurriedly in Sucre, without the presidential sash and regalia, before a session meeting of legislators as protesters clashed with police outside.’
      • ‘Don't refer to traditional regalia as ‘costumes.’’
      • ‘This ritual includes medieval regalia augmented with presidential seals, medallions and a mace as well as a section in the inauguration programme that describes the duties of the office.’
      • ‘On the Saturday of orientation, new students and their parents are officially welcomed to campus by administrators and faculty members decked out in formal robes and academic regalia.’
      • ‘Malmesbury's collection of antique art, furniture and mayoral regalia is being valued this week by fine art expert Stephen Hill.’
      • ‘I expected Devin to emerge in full Navy regalia, dress uniform and everything.’
      • ‘Dressed in full regalia with mitre and crook, Bishop David then led a prayer of thanks for the new school and everyone who worked and studied in it.’
      • ‘More than 200 Yorkshire dignitaries, town mayors and mayoresses and Yorkshire Society representatives marched through York today in full regalia to celebrate the Millennium Yorkshire Day.’
      • ‘Acclaimed warriors were especially magnificent in regalia and demeanor, while Cortès judged that the glory enveloping Emperor Moctezoma surpassed that of the court of Spain.’
      • ‘By the same token many of the Tarascans experienced the cultural shock of having their pre-Hispanic idols, temples and religious regalia destroyed by Franciscan missionaries.’
      • ‘The puppets wear the clothing and regalia of Fon chiefs, attesting to the interethnic community of Nago and Fon peoples.’
      • ‘This man who came was very powerful, in full regalia, very formal, dramatic, articulate in many languages - a Zulu.’
      • ‘As Mr Baker struggled with the packaging, the Lord Lieutenant, in full regalia, came to the rescue drawing his ceremonial sword and slicing through the binding tape to reveal a combined video, DVD and CD player.’
      • ‘It was, indeed, one person - the Anglican priest, dressed in full regalia, as though for a wedding or funeral.’
      • ‘Anyone can come into the Georgian town hall during office hours and ask to see the impressive collection of civic regalia including a 1460s silver mace, presented by Edward IV.’
      clothing, clothes, garments, dress, wear, outfit, turnout, garb, ensemble, costume, array, finery
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The word regalia comes from Latin and is, technically speaking, the plural of regalis. However, in the way the word is used in English today, it behaves as a collective noun, similar to words like staff or government. This means that it can be used with either a singular or plural verb (the regalia of Russian tsardom is now displayed in the Kremlin or the regalia of Russian tsardom are now displayed in the Kremlin). In fact, in English, regalia has no other singular form


Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘royal powers’): from medieval Latin, literally ‘royal privileges’, from Latin, neuter plural of regalis ‘regal’.