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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Chicago rocker Ike Reilly has always had a special relationship with fans in the Twin Cities that was fueled by his now-legendary 2001 residency at the Turf Club. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "The week in music: new local jazz sampler CD release, fifth annual American Roots Revue and Ike Reilly," 22 Nov. 2019 Her hospitality was legendary; the monastery became a social and cultural center that hosted visitors from all over the world. Carmel Mc Mahon, Longreads, "Brigid, Magdalene, My Mother, and Me," 13 Nov. 2019 Like his father did during a legendary career, Eric has coached nearly every level of basketball, from the Venezuelan national team to three seasons as an NBA head coach. Elton Alexander, cleveland, "NE Ohio basketball nomads Eric Musselman, Earl Boykins reunite at Arkansas," 8 Nov. 2019 Trump left after halftime and was not in the building when Tua Tagovailoa completed a comeback from 13 down with the now-legendary 2nd-and-26 overtime touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "History of Alabama football’s intersection with US presidents," 6 Nov. 2019 In Inventing Anna, a journalist (Chlumsky) with a lot to prove investigates the case of Anna Delvey (Garner), the Instagram-legendary German heiress who stole the hearts of New York’s social scene — and stole their money as well. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything We Know About Netflix's Anna Delvey Series, Inventing Anna," 2 Nov. 2019 The line at Franklin Barbeque in Austin, ground zero of the modern barbecue boom, is legendary, a veritable tailgate party that has become as much a part of the experience as the transcendent brisket that is its ostensible goal. Jody Horton, Smithsonian, "How Three Guys From Houston Are Cooking Up a Revolution in Texas Barbecue," 23 Oct. 2019 Tyra Banks’ career as a model has been legendary—both on and off the runway. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Tyra Banks Booked Her Role In Cult Classic 'Higher Learning' After Appearing On ESSENCE's Cover," 15 Oct. 2019 Some of his parties were legendary, especially his Christmas parties. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "‘His goal in life was to help’ — Laguna Beach remembers late former mayor Wayne Peterson," 9 Oct. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legendary. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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How to pronounce legendary (audio)

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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