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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The teenager left his homeland in 2006 to move to the Bernabeu and has since gone on to become a club legend. SI.com, "50 of the Best Bargain Transfers of All Time," 9 July 2019 The animated film’s take on a classical Chinese legend offered a blend of female empowerment and catchy, Disney-style musical numbers. Allegra Frank, Vox, "Disney’s live-action Mulan remake isn’t a musical, it’s a feminist action movie," 8 July 2019 As the elder explains, this midsummer dance ritual originates in a legend. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "How Midsommar's May Queen Scene Connects To A Real Swedish Legend," 5 July 2019 The combination of doubt, fear, and belief from a NASCAR legend are what keeps him focused on make his racing dreams come true. Dana Scott, azcentral, "Arizona's Alex Bowman locked into NASCAR playoffs after first Cup race win," 5 July 2019 Others say the charts should include axes or a legend. Eli Kintisch, Science | AAAS, "New climate ‘stripes’ reveal how much hotter your hometown has gotten in the past century," 26 June 2019 Lampard left Chelsea as a club legend in 2014, having scored a record 211 goals in 649 appearances over 13 seasons. John Sinnott, CNN, "Frank Lampard given permission by Derby to open Chelsea manager talks," 25 June 2019 Ekiben is a fixture at Baltimore farmers markets, where its Neighborhood Bird has become a legend. Washington Post, "How to survive Smorgasburg, D.C.’s hottest new foodie destination," 21 June 2019 From a legend’s second location to a French gem, fresh menus and an old favorite’s return to form, here are five places to try. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "5 places to try: For pizza to pasta, pastries to pad Thai — and biscuits!," 13 June 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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