legend

noun
leg·​end | \ ˈle-jənd How to pronounce legend (audio) \

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 legends
b : a body of such stories a place in the legend of the frontier
c : a popular myth of recent origin the legend of the Loch Ness monster
d : a person or thing that inspires legends a baseball legend
e : 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 sense 2b The legend identifies the various parts of the illustrated anatomy.
c : an explanatory list of the symbols on a map or chart

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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.”
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An appreciation of the versatility of a New Orleans music legend. Mike Scott, nola.com, "‘All Is True’ movie review: The year’s first real Oscar threat?," 7 June 2019 Guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd wrote on Instagram: Just heard a Louisiana legend has passed. Steve Almasy, CNN, "Dr. John, whose Hall of Fame career flowed from his New Orleans soul, dies," 6 June 2019 Charlotte Tilbury, a legend in the beauty business, knows a thing or two about making top-of-the-line lipsticks. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "I Tried Meghan Markle’s Favorite Beauty Products—Here’s What’s Worth Your Money," 24 May 2019 Bob Fosse is the one in our history books—hailed as an innovator and a legend. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Fosse/Verdon Proves It's Time to Cancel the Fragile Male Ego," 10 Apr. 2019 One time, according to legend, the two were arguing on the terrace of his suite when a briefcase was thrown. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Scandalous Secret History of the Chateau Marmont," 24 May 2019 But the film is designed as a proper farewell to a legend. Noel Murray, The Verge, "This weekend, stream Venus, the breakthrough film for Doctor Who’s Thirteenth Doctor," 5 Oct. 2018 Interest in the game picked up in the early 1950s, according to legend, when the president of Macy's happened upon it while on vacation. Leanne Italie, Fox News, "Scrabble dictionary adds 'OK,' 'ew' to official play along with hundreds of other new words," 24 Sep. 2018 Rams, Hustwit’s fourth feature as director and the first full-length film devoted to the design legend, premieres with screenings around the world this month. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "Dieter Rams is the Godfather of Design," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of legend

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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legend

noun

English Language Learners Definition of legend

: 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

noun
leg·​end | \ ˈle-jənd How to pronounce legend (audio) \

Kids Definition of legend

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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