legend

noun
leg·​end | \ˈle-jənd \

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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Further Reading Marvel Comics legend, Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko found dead at 90 Indisputably, Lee's decades-spanning career has spawned some of the most beloved pop-culture characters and franchises of all time. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Legendary Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee has died," 12 Nov. 2018 The pics were snapped, leaked, and posted, and an Internet legend was born. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Justin Bieber's Doppelgänger Brad Sousa Is the One Who Ate That Burrito," 29 Oct. 2018 Decorating legend Mario Buatta, known affectionately as the Prince of Chintz, passed away on Monday at the age of 82. The Editors, ELLE Decor, "Remembering Mario Buatta: Designers, Colleagues, and Clients Share Their Memories of the "Prince of Chintz"," 16 Oct. 2018 Many Native American cultures have written and oral legends that tell of a primate-type creature roaming the continent's forests. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Science Meets Legend: The Story of Our Search for Bigfoot," 8 Oct. 2018 Motown legend Smokey Robinson followed later with a speech that turned into song. Fox News, "Aretha Franklin funeral's bishop mistakes Ariana Grande's name for 'new something at Taco Bell'," 2 Oct. 2018 On Thursday, September 6, 2018, Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds died at 82, reportedly from cardiac arrest. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Burt Reynolds's Iconic Role in 'Smokey and the Bandit' Almost Never Happened," 6 Sep. 2018 Over her right shoulder, a black bear’s standing on its hind legs, and design legend Simon Doonan is rocking mod white sunglasses while playing cornhole. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Amy Poehler Is 'Making It' Up As She Goes Along," 31 July 2018 Simone Biles is nothing if not an absolute legend and national treasure. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Simone Biles Just Dominated the World Championship Qualifiers—After a Trip to the ER," 27 Oct. 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 \

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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