insignia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n insignia a badge worn to show official position
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first professional football team to sport an insignia on their helmets was the Los Angeles Rams in 1950, who hand painted yellow horns on their blue leather helmets.
    • Insignia Distinguishing marks of authority, office, or honor; badges; tokens; decorations; as, the insignia of royalty or of an order.
    • Insignia Typical and characteristic marks or signs, by which anything is known or distinguished; as, the insignia of a trade.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • insignia Badges or distinguishing marks of office or honor: as, the insignia of an order of knighthood. The insignia of an honorary order are the crosses, medallions, stars, ribbons, etc., which are worn by its members on occasions of ceremony. Military men wear these when in uniform, and civilians when in evening dress. The size of each badge is fixed by statute of the order; but there has been introduced a custom of wearing miniature crosses, medallions, etc., a number of which can be worn at once suspended from a gold chain round the neck and hanging on the shirt-bosom, or attached to the lapel of the coat. When the cross, medallion, etc., is not worn, it is customary to wear a small rosette or knot of ribbon in the buttonhole, the color being that of the ribbon of the order. The knot or rosette is worn by members of the lowest class, the ribbon by all others. See cordon, cross, star, collar, rosette, ribbon, and cut under garter.
    • insignia Marks, signs, or visible tokens by which anything is known or distinguished.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Insignia in-sig′ni-a signs or badges of office or honour: marks by which anything is known.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. insigne, pl. insignia, fr. insignis, distinguished by a mark; pref. in-, in + signum, a mark, sign. See Ensign Sign
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., pl. of insignein, in, signum, a mark.

Usage

In literature:

In Garter mantle with insignia (ribbon again over wrong shoulder).
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of St. Paul" by Arthur Dimock
A man of about thirty dressed in white uniform with some sort of insignia upon his shoulders.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
However, shoulder insignia on blues were discontinued by the Navy in 1911 but the insignia were still prescribed on epaulettes.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
As for the Grenadier Guards their insignia was a jaunty red and blue rosette.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
The leader wore a button, the insignia of non-commissioned rank.
"The Escape of a Princess Pat" by George Pearson
Oh, and we'll need proper insignia.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
There were several others, with different rank insignia, but it was the first man who saluted Medart.
"A Matter of Honor" by Ann Wilson
The distinguishing mark on the sleeves of sergeants' and corporals' coats, the insignia of a non-commissioned officer.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
No insignia or portholes were visible anywhere on the hull within his range of vision.
"The Memory of Mars" by Raymond F. Jones
The one that had the red insignia on the sleeve and that looked just like a big girl's dress.
"Mary Jane's City Home" by Clara Ingram Judson
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In poetry:

So be it Art's insignia
Of undisputed royalty,
That out of largeness groweth love,
And out of choiceness, charity.
"Only A Chromo" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
You blazon me with jewelled insignia.
A flaming nebula
Rims in my life. And yet
You set
The word upon me, unconfessed
To go unguessed.
"Apology" by Amy Lowell
Satan. Behold, again expanded in the air
The insignia of hell!
Hear now the sounds of triumph,
And voices without number
That raise to heaven the shout of victory?
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 3." by William Cowper
Thus, silent tenants one by one
Are crowding in at Arlington;
Thus Sheridan, the horseman daring,
Has joined the honored corps
Of those, their true insignia wearing,
Who battle nevermore.
"Sheridan's Last Ride" by Hattie Howard
And immediately behind the coffin was Lord Pembroke,
The representative of Her Majesty, and the Duke of Norfolk,
Carrying aloft a beautiful short wand,
The insignia of his high, courtly office, which looked very grand.
"The Burial of Mr. Gladstone" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Insignia /ESG predicts uneven recovery in N.Y.
Insignia Napa Valley 1979.
Related Wine Search for JOSEPH PHELPS Insignia Napa Valley 1979.
The LA County Probation insignia.
2009 Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer - 2008 Paris Auto Show.
"Special Operations for America" must stop politicizing military insignia, US officials tell MoJo, or face possible legal action.
Beck Media Acquires Insignia Public Relations.
Insignia Collection, Inc, a custom jewelry manufacturing division of Jewel-Craft, Inc, has announced the creation of Charisma Tag.
A blue insignia lodged in the tile like a fossilized bone indicates this place was once the jewel in Iacopo Falai's culinary empire.
Today crews are finishing erecting the second of two cranes that will be used to build the two 41 story condo towers, called Insignia Towers, in the Denny Triangle neighborhood.
Insignia Towers Gets Second Construction Crane Installed.
New insignia debuts in time for cable ops' 50th anniversary.
Those who know the old "tip of the spear" insignia of the more.
However, these signs are among the tried and true, according to Scott Simcox, Insignia System's vice president of marketing.
Each locker has a miniature white facade from Yankee Stadium across the top, and the "NY" insignia is on stucco pillars throughout the clubhouse.
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