legendary

adjective
leg·​end·​ary | \ˈle-jən-ˌder-ē, -ˌde-rē\

Definition of legendary 

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of legend or a legend legendary creatures of the sea

2 : well-known, famous a legendary football player

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legendarily \ ˌle-​jən-​ˈder-​ə-​lē , -​ˈde-​rə-​ \ adverb

Synonyms for legendary

Synonyms

fabled, fabulous, mythical (or mythic)

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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

Examples of legendary in a Sentence

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

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Rising beauty star Kelela in legendary pro Pat McGrath's chair? Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Kelela Shuts Down Instagram With a Major Glitter Makeup Moment," 9 Nov. 2018 Sojourner Truth, a legendary orator who had a hand disability, lit the flames of modern feminism through speeches about women’s rights and the abolition of slavery. Ola Ojewumi, SELF, "I'm Celebrating My Disabled Black Girl Magic Because I'm Done Feeling Invisible," 7 Nov. 2018 Maddie Ziegler is reportedly dating someone new: legendary musician Stevie Wonder's son Kailand Morris, People reported on Oct. 30. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Maddie Ziegler and Stevie Wonder's Son Kailand Morris Are Reportedly Dating," 30 Oct. 2018 Joy also must reconcile Ruby’s stubborn determination to be in control of everything, including the town’s legendary baking competition known as the Cookie Crawl. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "10 TV Shows and Movies to Watch in Between Your Halloween Shenanigans," 28 Oct. 2018 The holy grail of alchemy was the legendary philosopher’s stone, which wasn’t a stone at all but an elusive substance that could isolate the pure essence of a material and transmute it into something else, namely gold. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "The Eternal Quest for Aether, the Cosmic Stuff That Never Was," 19 Oct. 2018 Ellison PoePoe TravelShe’ll arrange for the best tables at under-the-radar restaurants in Vienna and private tours of legendary Habsburg palaces. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 Who would have thought that homes delivered through the mail would perhaps stand longer than the legendary company that sold and shipped them? Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How Sears Kit Homes changed housing," 16 Oct. 2018 Rex Brown, a fellow founding member of the legendary metal band Pantera, has penned a heartfelt tribute to his former bandmate and friend, Vinnie Paul. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Former Pantera Bassist Rex Brown Pens Emotional Tribute to Vinnie Paul: 'He Changed the Game'," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of legendary

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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of legendary

: told about in a legend

: very famous or well-known

legendary

adjective
leg·​end·​ary | \ˈle-jən-ˌder-ē \

Kids Definition of legendary

1 : told about in legends a legendary city

2 : very famous because of special qualities or abilities a legendary musician

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