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"Emblema" is a noun which is often translated as "emblem", and "insignia" is a noun which is often translated as "badge". Learn more about the difference between "emblema" and "insignia" below.
emblema(
ehm
-
bleh
-
mah
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (image)
a. emblem
El emblema de nuestro equipo es un jaguar.Our team's emblem is a jaguar.
b. symbol
¿Qué representa ese emblema? - Representa la profesión médica.What does that symbol represent? - It represents the medical profession.
2. (insignia)
a. badge
El presidente llevaba un pequeño emblema de su país en la solapa de la chaqueta.The president wore a small badge representing his country on the lapel of his jacket.
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insignia(
een
-
seeg
-
nyah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (symbol)
a. badge
La insignia del policía indica que es comisario.The police officer's badge indicates that he is a captain.
b. button
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Muchos de los manifestantes tenían una insignia con el símbolo de la paz.Many protesters wore buttons with the peace symbol.
c. emblem
En la clase de gimnasia, hay que llevar una camiseta con la insignia de la escuela.In gym class, you have to wear t-shirts bearing the school emblem.
2. (standard)
a. flag
El soldado que portaba la insignia del regimiento fue abatido.The soldier carrying the regiment flag was shot down.
b. banner
La marcha iba encabezada por hombres que llevaban la insignia del sindicato.The protest was headed by men carrying the banner of their union.
3. (military)
a. insignia
El traje del piloto tiene la insignia de la fuerza aérea en el brazo derecho.The pilot's suit had the insignia of the air force on the right arm.
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