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 While replays of the catch were being played in the stadium, ESPN’s cameras caught the legendary coach appearing to give someone an earful over a sideline phone. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, "No one feels sorry for Bill Belichick. But what about his sideline phone?," 29 Dec. 2020 Lute Olson, the legendary coach who elevated the University of Arizona men's basketball program to elite status and turned out dozens of future NBA players during his 34 years leading major college programs, died in August at 85. AZCentral.com, "The biggest Arizona headlines of 2020, from COVID-19 to the elections," 28 Dec. 2020 Also, this month the city of Cleveland granted landmark status to the birthplace of legendary coach John Heisman, namesake of college football’s most prestigious player award. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Rocky Colavito statue plans moving along despite Covid delays," 24 Dec. 2020 Many basketball geeks believed Stevens must have taken his play from Europe, where misdirections and mischievous actions are more common, especially since the legendary Serbian coach Zeljko Obradovic runs a similar version. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Case of the NBA’s Most Stolen Play," 21 Dec. 2020 Notre Dame has played in the Rose Bowl only once: In 1925, legendary coach Knute Rockne and his Four Horsemen beat coach Pop Warner and Stanford to complete an unbeaten season. Greg Beacham, ajc, "Alabama to meet Notre Dame in relocated CFP semifinal game," 20 Dec. 2020 The final result was the worst FSU football season since 1975, the year before legendary coach Bobby Bowden took over leading the Seminoles. Iliana Limón Romero, orlandosentinel.com, "FSU football season ends after Wake Forest game canceled due to COVID-19," 18 Dec. 2020 The legendary New England Patriots head coach wasn’t surprised to find Bennett in such a far-flung locale. Howard Bryant, The Atlantic, "He Won a Super Bowl. Now for the Real Challenge.," 17 Dec. 2020 Wine writer Rebecca Murphy shares a special rioja — an old vine garnacha (100%) from a legendary producer. Tina Danze, Dallas News, "Dallas wine experts share their 15 top holiday gift ideas," 17 Dec. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legendary. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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