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.”
Recent Examples on the Web If the Colts wanted to bring in a veteran, the obvious target is another Colts receiving legend. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 6 May 2022 When Roger Federer beat Pete Sampras in five sets in the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2001, it was eventually seen as the passing of the torch from one legend to another. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Country legend Dolly Parton was elected as one of this year’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees. Emma Hinchliffe And Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 5 May 2022 Paul Bunyan's legend looms large over the Northwoods. Keith Uhlig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2022 Baseball legend Reggie Jackson’s life and career are set to be chronicled in a new documentary, from Bron Life, Delirio Films and Red Crown Productions. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 4 May 2022 Parton’s single was a bubbly tune punctuated by electric guitar, a rock beat, and an exuberant, youthful vocal (think fellow future Rock Hall legend Brenda Lee on helium). Stephen L. Betts, Rolling Stone, 4 May 2022 And while her vocal skills are legend, on Sunday (May 1) Abel jumped into a discussion about female producers to heap praise on his frequent studio companion. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 2 May 2022 Condolences are pouring in from across the music world in response to the death of country music legend Naomi Judd who died Saturday at the age of 76. Fox News, 1 May 2022 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Legend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legend. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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