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
But his preference for them provided a point about how the legend endures in the internet age, a time when soccer coverage has become increasingly saturated and reference points ever more accessible.
Set once upon a time, the movie spins a legend that never was: Every 60 years, slavering creatures emerge from beyond to sharpen their teeth on human bones and stuff their bellies on meat.
Turns out, NBA legend Charles Barkley is a big fan of the Atlanta Falcons defensive end, his neighbor in a posh condominium tower in downtown Atlanta.
Though relatively unknown to audiences, Mr. Tinker was a legend in television, especially to his writers.
Legend has it that 700,000 workers took 38 years to build an entire underground city with rivers of mercury, palaces and walls.
He is also known for being the offspring of not one, but two famous parents: his father is the tennis legend John McEnroe, and his mother is the actress Tatum O’Neal.
Stories that followed his memorial service were the stuff of hockey legend.
Local legend has it that one enterprising visitor even pushed a car into the kettle, where it was never seen again.
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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 century
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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