leg·​end·​ary ˈle-jən-ˌder-ē How to pronounce legendary (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of legend or a legend
legendary creatures of the sea
: well-known, famous
a legendary football player
legendarily adverb
Choose the Right Synonym for legendary

fictitious, fabulous, legendary, mythical, apocryphal mean having the nature of something imagined or invented.

fictitious implies fabrication and suggests artificiality or contrivance more than deliberate falsification or deception.

fictitious characters

fabulous stresses the marvelous or incredible character of something without necessarily implying impossibility or actual nonexistence.

a land of fabulous riches

legendary suggests the elaboration of invented details and distortion of historical facts produced by popular tradition.

the legendary exploits of Davy Crockett

mythical implies a purely fanciful explanation of facts or the creation of beings and events out of the imagination.

mythical creatures

apocryphal implies an unknown or dubious source or origin or may imply that the thing itself is dubious or inaccurate.

a book that repeats many apocryphal stories

Example Sentences

legendary creatures from the sea He is the most legendary football player of his time.
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Word History

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of legendary was in 1570

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“Legendary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legendary. Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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leg·​end·​ary ˈlej-ən-ˌder-ē How to pronounce legendary (audio)
: of or resembling a legend

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