badges, emblems, or other distinguishing marks, as of rank, membership, etc.
Origin of insigniaL, plural of insigne, neuter of insignis, distinguished by a mark ; from in-, in + signum, a mark, sign
such a badge, emblem, etc.
nounpl. insignia or in·sig·ni·as also in·sig·nes
- A badge of office, rank, membership, or nationality; an emblem.
- A distinguishing sign.
Origin of insigniaLatin &imacron;nsignia, pl. of &imacron;nsigne, badge of office, mark, from neuter of &imacron;nsignis, distinguished, marked : in-, in; see in–2 + signum, sign; see sekw-1 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.
OriginSee also: insígnia
From Latin īnsignia, nominative plural of īnsigne (“emblem, token, symbol”).