noun leg·end \ˈle-jənd\

Definition of legend

  1. 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.>

  2. 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

  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 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

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LEGEND Defined for English Language Learners


noun leg·end \ˈle-jənd\

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


noun leg·end \ˈle-jənd\

Definition of legend for Students

  1. 1 :  an old story that is widely believed but cannot be proved to be true

  2. 2 :  a person or thing that is very famous for having special qualities or abilities <a baseball legend>

  3. 3 :  a list of symbols used (as on a map)

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