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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Cristiano Ronaldo put together a legendary performance in Friday’s World Cup group match against Spain. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Former World Cup referee debunks viral video of Cristiano Ronaldo's goal celebration," 19 June 2018 Tintagel is also associated with the legendary figure of King Arthur. James Rogers, Fox News, "'King Arthur' castle discovery: Mysterious inscription intrigues experts," 18 June 2018 The surgeon, a past president of the American Cancer Society, a long-time past chairman of the President’s Cancer Panel, and founder of the seminal Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute, is a legendary figure in cancer history. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Biden Cancer Initiative Award, Biotech Gender Diversity, Mediterranean Diet Study," 14 June 2018 Dawn Fudge, owner of Last Concert Café, is donating the use of her legendary venue, 1403 Nance, for the event which will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live music will be provided by the Hightailers; silent auction items available. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Father’s Day cookout/fundraiser promises top-notch food and drink," 13 June 2018 Foyt is a legendary figure at TMS and has the inaugural trophy from the first IndyCar race even though it was determined that Arie Luyendyk, Sr. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "At 43, Tony Kanaan still feels the need for speed," 4 June 2018 No, Curry has never matched Korver’s legendary 99, but has reached the mid-90s. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Scott Ostler: For sharpshooter Curry, practice makes almost perfect," 2 June 2018 Johnson is a legendary figure in boxing and crossed over into popular culture decades ago with biographies, dramas and documentaries following the civil rights era. Time, "President Trump Grants Rare Posthumous Pardon to Late Boxer Jack Johnson," 24 May 2018 Johnson is a legendary figure in boxing, whose meteoric rise and controversial prison sentence made him a symbol of racial injustice and led to numerous biographies, films and documentaries of his life over the decades. NBC News, "Trump grants posthumous pardon to black boxing champ Jack Johnson," 24 May 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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