leg·​end·​ary | \ ˈle-jən-ˌder-ē How to pronounce legendary (audio) , -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 How to pronounce legendarily (audio) , -​ˈde-​rə-​ \ adverb

Synonyms for legendary


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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And for those who want to lean even further into the the legendary makeup artist's dazzling universe, her latest collaboration delivers—and then some. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "From Prada to Valentino, Pat McGrath Is Unveiling a Curated Collection of Golden Designer Pieces," 29 Mar. 2019 On the kitchen's windowsill, the designer used four Campbell's soup cans as a makeshift herb garden, adding fresh greenery to the space along with a pop of that same red and an ode to a legendary pop artist. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Leanne Ford's Genius $5 Trick to Liven Up an All-White Kitchen," 25 Mar. 2019 Fans at home approved as well, sharing their positive feedback about the legendary artist on Twitter. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "What 'The Voice' Coaches Really Thought About Working With Mariah Carey," 8 Nov. 2018 Willem Smit, the dapper general manager of the legendary El Fenn hotel, took Rosena shopping for vintage furniture at the city’s Bab El Khemis market. Gisela Williams, ELLE Decor, "A Marrakech Home is Transformed with a Modern New Layout Made for Entertaining," 18 Mar. 2019 But the new Starz show from legendary director Gregg Araki is unlike Kelli’s past projects. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Now Apocalypse Star Kelli Berglund on Her "Empowered" Character Carly and Joining a Series Unlike Anything Else She's Done," 14 Mar. 2019 Years ago, Fine Homebuilding did a series with the legendary house framer, the late Larry Haun. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson," 13 Mar. 2019 His graciousness as a host is legendary: Decades later, people remember parties lit by candles, with footmen in powdered hair and breeches. Kennedy Fraser, Vogue, "From the Archives: Karl Lagerfeld, The Impresario," 19 Feb. 2019 And no one knows this better than model Anna Cleveland—thanks in no small part to her mother, the legendary supermodel Pat Cleveland. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How to Dazzle at a Paris Fashion Week Party, According to Anna Cleveland," 28 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of legendary

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of legendary

: told about in a legend
: very famous or well-known


leg·​end·​ary | \ ˈle-jən-ˌder-ē How to pronounce legendary (audio) \

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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