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


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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Regardless, the Seahawks are back to again adding to the plus side of all those streaks that have become so legendary in the Pete Carroll era (such as now standing at 16-2 in prime time games at home since 2010 and 25-5-1 overall). Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "The Final Word: Bob Condotta examines what worked in the Seahawks’ win vs. the Vikings," 11 Dec. 2018 The brief drama started when West and Kim Kardashian attended the opening performance of The Cher Show on Monday night, the new jukebox musical that uses Cher songs to tell the story of the legendary singer's early life and career. Vogue, "Does Kanye West's Apology For Texting During The Cher Show Mean He's Turning Over a New Leaf?," 4 Dec. 2018 The legendary country singer, 61, who was slated for an epic performance to honor Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Ricky Skaggs, had to miss the 52nd annual award show last night after falling ill. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Vince Gill Didn't Show Up at the 2018 CMA Awards Because He Was Hospitalized," 15 Nov. 2018 Harrods hampers have been legendary European luxury gifts since 1894, and will now be sold in the United States for the first time ever. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Williams Sonoma Is Bringing Brings Harrods To The U.S. For The First Time," 6 Nov. 2018 It was also revealed that the legendary singer Andrea Bocelli will be performing two songs during the ceremony, which is sure to make the service unforgettable. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "New Details About Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding Have Just Been Released," 6 Oct. 2018 Getty ImagesNBC Yesterday, the music world came to a standstill when it was announced that the legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin had died aged 76, surrounded by family and friends after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Ariana Grande's Emotional Aretha Franklin Tribute Performance Is So Moving," 17 Aug. 2018 The brand’s pro-level products are legendary, especially for creating, emphasizing, or downplaying facial features, as used in Sleep No More. Jamie Beckman, Allure, "Backstage Beauty Secrets From the Cast and Crew of Hamilton and Sleep No More," 13 Aug. 2018 His unique diner creations, along with his legendary hospitality, kept locals coming back for generations. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "Sarkis Tashjian, owner of Sarkis Cafe in Evanston, has died," 26 June 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 \

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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