insignia
Pronunciation
  • (British, America) IPA: /ɪnˈsɪɡ.ni.ə/
Noun

insignia (plural insignias)

  1. A patch or other object that indicates a person's official or military rank, or membership in a group or organization.
  2. A symbol or token of personal power, status, or office, or of an official body of government or jurisdiction.
    • 1826, Mary Shelley, chapter 6 in the first part of The Last Man
      The former Protector tendered him the oaths, and presented him with the insignia of office, performing the ceremonies of installation.
  3. (figurative) A mark or token by which anything is known.
    • 2006, P. Goodrich, The Laws of Love: A Brief Historical and Practical Manual (page 49)
      Rule 23: “The stress of love makes it hard to eat and sleep.” To these empirical laws we can add the various other insignia of love.
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