leg·​end | \ ˈle-jənd How to pronounce legend (audio) \

Definition of legend

1a : a story coming down from the past especially : one popularly regarded as historical although not verifiable the legend of a lost continent Arthurian legends
b : a body of such stories a place in the legend of the frontier
c : a popular myth of recent origin the legend of the Loch Ness monster
d : a person or thing that inspires legends a baseball legend
e : the subject of a legend its violence was legend even in its own time— William Broyles Jr.
2a : an inscription or title on an object (such as a coin) The quarter bore the legend "In God We Trust".
b : caption sense 2b The legend identifies the various parts of the illustrated anatomy.
c : an explanatory list of the symbols on a map or chart

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Examples of legend in a Sentence

I don't believe the legends I've heard about this forest. the legend of a lost continent He has become a baseball legend. The gravestone bears the legend “Rest in Peace.”
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Recent Examples on the Web As the Cougars prepared to leave UD Arena, Rogers named MND legend and former UConn star Mel Thomas plus other top Cougars in recent years as part of a continuing legacy. James Weber, The Enquirer, "'She played out of her mind.' MND, Bransford outlast Newark in 2OT for DI state title," 14 Mar. 2021 This year, Paul has played a such major role in Phoenix's resurgence, Suns legend and Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is saying Paul should in the NBA MVP conversation. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Suns: Chris Paul wishing All-Star teammate Devin Booker (knee) was with him for game," 7 Mar. 2021 This means that in our culture there’s no difference between real events, legend and poetry. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Philippe Lacôte honors Ivory Coast’s legacy of storytelling with ‘Night of the Kings’," 6 Mar. 2021 Treasured friend, Victorian legend – and a legacy that will last forever. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Michael Gudinski to be Honored With State Funeral," 2 Mar. 2021 Winning his fourth Super Bowl ring also cements Gronk as an all-time legend and perhaps the greatest tight end to ever play. BostonGlobe.com, "Instant analysis: No denying Tom Brady’s greatness following seventh championship," 7 Feb. 2021 Bonds answered a few questions from reporters, and when the subject turned to the Hall of Fame, the Giants legend and homers king deferred. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, "Barry Bonds chips in at S.F. food bank distribution: 'just happy to contribute'," 5 Feb. 2021 Dilla's Delights, the doughnut shop founded by the uncle of the late hip-hop legend and music producer J. Dilla, is another pandemic victim. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Dilla's Delights doughnut shop closes John R location for good," 15 Jan. 2021 That’s when Jackson — the Auburn legend and former Heisman winner — visited with the Broncos and spoke to the team prior to the 2019 season. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "The lesson new Auburn coach Bryan Harsin learned from Bo Jackson while at Boise State," 28 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of legend

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of legend was in the 14th century

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“Legend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legend. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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


leg·​end | \ ˈle-jənd How to pronounce legend (audio) \

Kids Definition of legend

1 : an old story that is widely believed but cannot be proved to be true
2 : a person or thing that is very famous for having special qualities or abilities a baseball legend
3 : a list of symbols used (as on a map)

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