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
There are only a handful of musicians who can be called rock legends.
Headed for enshrinement to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in the fall, Dunbar and I.M. Terrell legend Robert Hughes will be recognized at next week’s Texas High School Coaches Association state convention.
One of biology’s living legends, the now 78-year-old scientist played an influential role in the development of the first automated DNA sequencer.
Some of her finds are the stuff of rumors and legends.
NBA legend David Robinson checked into her office in the early 1980s.
LOUIS (AP) — Chess legend Garry Kasparov didn’t need any arm-twisting to be persuaded to return to competition next month in St. Louis.
Dunkirk, the newest epic from Christopher Nolan, retells one of the iconic legends of the Second World War.
In this 60s music film see moments that have become legend, Pete Townshend destroying his guitar and Jimi Hendrix burning his.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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