Definition of legend
1a : a story coming down from the past; especially : one popularly regarded as historical although not verifiable the legend of a lost continent Arthurian legendsb : a body of such stories a place in the legend of the frontierc : a popular myth of recent origin the legend of the Loch Ness monsterd : a person or thing that inspires legends a baseball legende : the subject of a legend its violence was legend even in its own time — William Broyles Jr.
2a : an inscription or title on an object (such as a coin) The quarter bore the legend “In God We Trust”.b : caption 2b The legend identifies the various parts of the illustrated anatomy.c : an explanatory list of the symbols on a map or chart
Examples of legend in a Sentence
I don't believe the legends I've heard about this forest.
the legend of a lost continent
He has become a baseball legend.
The gravestone bears the legend “Rest in Peace.”
Recent Examples of legend from the Web
In this 60s music film see moments that have become legend, Pete Townshend destroying his guitar and Jimi Hendrix burning his.
The Fire are currently in the lead in the Supporters' Shield race and have a roster that includes the league's best goal scorer in Nemanja Nikolic and German legend Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Legends such as Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Roger Maris, Whitey Ford, Reggie Jackson, Dave Winfield, Don Mattingly and even Derek Jeter called Fort Lauderdale home in the spring.
And a black cape with fuchsia floral embroideries was conceived by the fashion legend in gargantuan proportions — visually overpowering the model's body.
They are set to perform at festivals and music halls in England, France and Ireland from July 9 until July 22, joining Stax legends Mavis Staples and William Bell for a couple of shows.
Carnell Williams, 2001 -- Williams supposedly grew up an Alabama fan, but a series of circumstances instead led him to become a legend at Auburn.
Shakur is a revolutionary Black icon, whose legend has evolved into making her a patron saint of Black rebellion in the last half-century.
Nowitzki took the torch from Dallas Stars legend Mike Modano six years ago for this event, which to datehas raised over $4 million to help improve the lives of Dallas-area kids.
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Origin and Etymology of legend
Middle English legende, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French legende, from Medieval Latin legenda, from Latin, feminine of legendus, gerundive of legere to gather, select, read; akin to Greek legein to gather, say, logos speech, word, reason
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
LEGEND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of legend for English Language Learners
: a story from the past that is believed by many people but cannot be proved to be true
: a famous or important person who is known for doing something extremely well
: a list that explains the symbols on a map
LEGEND Defined for Kids
Definition of legend for Students
1 : an old story that is widely believed but cannot be proved to be true
2 : a person or thing that is very famous for having special qualities or abilities a baseball legend
3 : a list of symbols used (as on a map)
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