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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Domestically, Robben ended his Bayern career with eight Bundesliga titles, cementing his status as a true club legend. SI.com, "Arjen Robben: The Flying Dutchman Who Became a Modern Legend at Bayern Munich," 16 Sep. 2019 Even then, Mike said, grandpa Carl told Mike to listen to Bettencourt, a local coaching legend. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Yastrzemski goes home to Boston remembering his best coach: His dad," 16 Sep. 2019 As befitting a tennis legend, Williams had some prominent fans in attendance, notably Kim Kardashian, TV host Gayle King, and Vogue editor Anna Wintour. BostonGlobe.com, "went from the court to the runway to present the latest collection of her fashion label, S by Serena.," 12 Sep. 2019 Houston played host to a variety of musical genres on the first weekend of September, including an event honoring a local hip hop legend. John-henry Perera, Houston Chronicle, "Trio of concerts, event honoring late Houston rapper attract diverse crowd," 9 Sep. 2019 That Preston is a legend in his own right among musicians and other photographers is a matter of record. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Almost Famous’ photographer Neal Preston famous in his own right," 6 Sep. 2019 The 2019 Minnesota State Fair’s legendary Crop Art exhibit has been noticed by a legend. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "‘Hamilton’ Lin-Manuel Miranda replies to tweet about his State Fair seed art portrait," 6 Sep. 2019 In August, the RSLC announced that former Republican National Committee finance chairman Ron Weiser, a fundraising legend, was joining the group. Philip Elliott, Time, "How State Races Starting This Fall Will Shape Congress for the Next Decade," 5 Sep. 2019 And when a legend retires from a coaching position — and Costello was that as a member of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame — pressure is on the successor. Steve Gorches, orlandosentinel.com, "Boys bowling powers Oviedo, Apopka look to future | Preview," 5 Sep. 2019

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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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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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