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 legendary (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 Among many other models, Lyons was also responsible for the incomparable E-Type, which elevated the Jaguar name into legendary status. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 7 Jan. 2022 Respect follows the life and legacy of the legendary singer, songwriter, and pianist. Ashlee Marie Preston, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 Jan. 2022 The legendary singer and actor has been one of our premier entertainers since the ’60s, and has been considered a beauty icon for just as long. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 6 Jan. 2022 There’s been a wave of Whitney Houston documentaries over the last few years, digging into the good, the bad and the ugly of the legendary singer’s story. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 5 Jan. 2022 Ross, the daughter of the legendary singer Diana Ross and music executive Robert Ellis Silberstein, was born in Los Angeles. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, 3 Jan. 2022 The mid-century home, located in Rancho Mirage, California, was a favorite place for the legendary singer turned movie star, who died in 1977, to entertain friends and family. Natasha Dado, PEOPLE.com, 28 Dec. 2021 This failure to produce records in a timely manner attained legendary status. cleveland, 12 Dec. 2021 Solskjaer had been able to ride out previous stretches of underperformance, in part because of his popularity with fans as a former striker who took on legendary status because of his ability to come off the bench to score crucial winners. Rob Harris, ajc, 21 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of legendary

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Legendary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legendary. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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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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