from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A badge of office, rank, membership, or nationality; an emblem.
- n. A distinguishing sign.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A patch or other object that indicates a person's official or military rank, or membership in a group or organization.
- n. A symbol or token of personal power, status, or office, or of an official body of government or jurisdiction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. Distinguishing marks of authority, office, or honor; badges; tokens; decorations.
- n.pl. Typical and characteristic marks or signs, by which anything is known or distinguished.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Badges or distinguishing marks of office or honor: as, the insignia of an order of knighthood.
- Marks, signs, or visible tokens by which anything is known or distinguished.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a badge worn to show official position
Latin īnsignia, pl. of īnsigne, badge of office, mark, from neuter of īnsignis, distinguished, marked : in-, in; signum, sign.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin insignia, plural of īnsigne ("emblem, token, symbol"). (Wiktionary)