legend

noun
leg·end | \ˈle-jənd \

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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O’Rourke, who plays bass guitar, even jammed with Willie Nelson at the country music legend’s annual Fourth of July Picnic in Austin. Kevin Diaz And Alejandra Matos, San Antonio Express-News, "O’Rourke vs. Cruz draws millions in contributions from outside of Texas," 11 July 2018 This period haunt brings the legend of Sleepy Hollow to life, turning the historic Philipsburg Manor into a village ruled by the Headless Horseman. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "The Best Things To Do In Sleepy Hollow On Halloween," 9 July 2018 The German tennis legend was named as a sport and culture attache to the European Union by the government of the conflict-torn African nation in April, his lawyers said in a statement Thursday. Euan Mckirdy, CNN, "Boris Becker claims diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy case," 15 June 2018 The cards features a mix of wrestlers (legends, WWE alum, established indie combatants, lucha performers and some up-n-comers). Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "Col. Rob Parker, Dirty Blondes and Simon Gotch Talk Major League Wrestling and more," 11 July 2018 His folk festivals enabled me to see Bukka White and a lot of other old blues greats, Cajun musicians, like Jo-El Sonnier, and bluegrass legends, like Bill Monroe. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lou Curtiss, a key mentor to Tom Waits, Jack Tempchin and other musicians, has died at 79," 10 July 2018 Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend UNCLE DREW (NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving) and convinces him to return to the court one more time. Denisa Protani, baltimoresun.com, "Win two tickets to UNCLE DREW," 10 July 2018 It’s more than legend, though, that Tarzan star Johnny Weissmuller was truly an ace swimmer — the winner of five Olympic gold medals in the 1924 and 1928 games. Joy Wallace Dickinson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Keep cool with movies linked to Florida’s past," 8 July 2018 There always will be room in San Antonio for the man who arrived as a teenager and left as a legend, who sacrificed fame without quashing his ambition, and who realized that just because a man is third does not mean he can’t be darn proud of it. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Parker’s pride drove Spurs until the end," 6 July 2018

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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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legend

noun

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

legend

noun
leg·end | \ˈle-jənd \

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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