legend

noun leg·end \ ˈle-jənd \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of legend

1 a : 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 a : 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.”

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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

legend Synonyms

Synonyms
key
Related Words
scale; caption; guide, table

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LEGEND Defined for English Language Learners

legend

noun

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

legend

noun leg·end \ ˈle-jənd \

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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