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 legendsb : a body of such stories a place in the legend of the frontierc : a popular myth of recent origin the legend of the Loch Ness monsterd : a person or thing that inspires legends a baseball legende : 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 2b The legend identifies the various parts of the illustrated anatomy.c : an explanatory list of the symbols on a map or chart
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.”
Recent Examples of legend from the Web
His childhood friend, the Harlem basketball legend Richard Kirkland, known as Pee Wee, corroborated those stories in a short documentary made for Jay Z’s Life & Times blog in 2013.
Japanese legend claims the nation’s imperial house—
Those are facts, but people tell plenty of legends.
Japanese legend claims the nation’s imperial house—the oldest continuous monarchy in the world—is descended from the sun goddess, Amaterasu.
James already has three to lean on, but without one, Durant will always be dismissed as just a superstar -- not a legend.
The R&B powerhouse and rap legend will play Northerly Island September 7, with reggae artist Chronixx as the opener.
Bloomberg TV Canada talks to Apple co-founder and tech legend Steve Wozniak about the next big breakthroughs in Silicon Valley, the most promising moonshots and his impressions of Canadian innovation.
The tribes are perhaps best known for Pocahontas, the daughter of Chief Powhatan who, according to legend, saved the life of Captain John Smith.
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Origin and Etymology 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
LEGEND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of legend for English Language Learners
: 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
LEGEND Defined for Kids
Definition of legend for Students
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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