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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This Old Fashioned cosmic tribute to the late and legendary David Bowie provides a sweet twist to the traditional favorite. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Bottoms up! 6 ways to celebrate National Bourbon Day in Louisville," 11 June 2019 For 70 years, the legendary bar served beer and camaraderie to the Santa Clara University community, until late 2016 when the operator closed the place. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "The Hut, Santa Clara’s famed college bar for 70 years, makes a comeback," 11 June 2019 But as teammate and legendary goalkeeper Briana Scurry explains, that moment almost didn't happen. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Ex-soccer star Hope Solo reveals painful details of miscarriage with twins," 11 June 2019 Cole reportedly clashed with Paul Brown, the team’s legendary head coach. Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "Some Cleveland Browns definitely go to heaven: Phillip Morris," 11 June 2019 Messina made Chaparral's baseball transition from legendary coach Jerry Dawson seamless, leading the Firebirds to back-to-back state championships in his first two years in 2011 and '12. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Sam Messina steps down as Chaparral AD to be Pinnacle baseball coach," 11 June 2019 In 1970, Karnad made his acting and screenwriting debut simultaneously with the Kannada film Samskara, based on a book by another legendary Kannada writer, the late UR Ananthamurthy. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Girish Karnad, one of India’s most respected actor-directors, has passed away," 10 June 2019 Collier played power forward in college under legendary coach Geno Auriemma. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Lynx adjusting to life without injured rookie Jessica Shepard at power forward," 10 June 2019 His daring red carpet suiting has become somewhat legendary in men's fashion circles. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Michael B. Jordan Is the New Global Face of Coach," 21 Sep. 2018

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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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