adjective leg·end·ary \ˈle-jən-ˌder-ē, -ˌde-rē\

: told about in a legend

: very famous or well-known

Full Definition of LEGENDARY

:  of, relating to, or characteristic of legend or a legend
leg·en·dari·ly \ˌle-jən-ˈder-ə-lē, -ˈde-rə-\ adverb

Examples of LEGENDARY

  1. legendary creatures from the sea
  2. He is the most legendary football player of his time.

First Known Use of LEGENDARY

circa 1587

Synonym Discussion of LEGENDARY

fictitious, fabulous, legendary, mythical, apocryphal mean having the nature of something imagined or invented. fictitious implies fabrication and suggests artificiality or contrivance more than deliberate falsification or deception <fictitious characters>. fabulous stresses the marvelous or incredible character of something without necessarily implying impossibility or actual nonexistence <a land of fabulous riches>. legendary suggests the elaboration of invented details and distortion of historical facts produced by popular tradition <the legendary exploits of Davy Crockett>. mythical implies a purely fanciful explanation of facts or the creation of beings and events out of the imagination <mythical creatures>. apocryphal implies an unknown or dubious source or origin or may imply that the thing itself is dubious or inaccurate <a book that repeats many apocryphal stories>.

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms

elysian, fay, muse, nimbus, phoenix
LEGENDARY Defined for Kids


adjective leg·end·ary \ˈle-jən-ˌder-ē\

Definition of LEGENDARY for Kids

:  told about in legends <a legendary city>
:  very famous because of special qualities or abilities <a legendary musician>


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