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noun leg·end \ˈle-jənd\

Simple Definition of legend

  • : a story from the past that is believed by many people but cannot be proved to be true

  • : a famous or important person who is known for doing something extremely well

  • : a list that explains the symbols on a map

Full Definition of legend

  1. 1 a :  a story coming down from the past; especially :  one popularly regarded as historical although not verifiable b :  a body of such stories <a place in the legend of the frontier> c :  a popular myth of recent origin d :  a person or thing that inspires legends e :  the subject of a legend <its violence was legend even in its own time — William Broyles Jr.>

  2. 2 a :  an inscription or title on an object (as a coin) b :  caption 2b c :  an explanatory list of the symbols on a map or chart

Examples of legend

  1. I don't believe the legends I've heard about this forest.

  2. the legend of a lost continent

  3. He has become a baseball legend.

  4. The gravestone bears the legend Rest in Peace.



Origin of legend

Middle English legende, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French legende, from Medieval Latin legenda, from Latin, feminine of legendus, gerundive of legere to gather, select, read; akin to Greek legein to gather, say, logos speech, word, reason


First Known Use: 14th century

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