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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Thanks to my tutor for helping me fix and to @kanenavasard for being a legend. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Good News: Ariana Grande Fixed Her Tattoo. Bad News: It Might Still Be Misspelled.," 31 Jan. 2019 The most promising match this weekend features a legend, 37-year-old Roger Federer, against a man of the future, 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "American Women Are Why You Should Watch the Australian Open," 18 Jan. 2019 But here was Carol, a huge success, a Tony winner, a Hollywood legend—who had once been an unemployable mess like me. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "What Carol Channing Meant to Me," 15 Jan. 2019 The elder Saarinen, then a living legend who had designed the Cranbrook Campus, a breeding ground for modernist design, would lead the firm until his death in 1950. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why Eero Saarinen’s ‘50s office was a breeding ground for modernist design," 8 Nov. 2018 Razer’s signature DeathAdder is a legend in the world of gaming mice, long renowned for its ergonomic shape, light weight, and awesome high-end sensor. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Razer's beloved DeathAdder Chroma gaming mouse is just $37, a nearly 40% discount," 26 Oct. 2018 But in the world of tiki, the Escondido artist is a legend. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Escondido's influential tiki man 'Bosko' is subject of new film," 8 July 2018 Furman’s that kind of guy: the kind even hip-hop legends feel cosmically destined to meet, the kind who radiates cool even inside a stifling smokehouse on a swampy Atlanta afternoon. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appetit, "The Unmistakable Bryan Furman, Georgia’s New King of Barbecue," 25 June 2018 Kevin Saunderson Kevin Saunderson is a living legend in the realm of electronic music. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music: Downtown Brown, Amino Acids, AM People, free JR JR show," 14 June 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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