legion

noun
le·gion | \ ˈlē-jən \

Definition of legion 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the principal unit of the Roman army comprising 3000 to 6000 foot soldiers with cavalry Caesar and his legions defeated the Gauls.

2 : a large military force especially : army sense 1a the French Foreign Legion

3 : a very large number : multitude won him … a legion of devoted followers —Irving Kolodin

4 : a national association of ex-servicemen the American Legion

legion

adjective

Definition of legion (Entry 2 of 2)

: many, numerous the problems are legion

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Synonyms & Antonyms for legion

Synonyms: Noun

army, crowd, crush, drove, flock, herd, horde, host, mass, mob, multitude, press, rout, swarm, throng

Synonyms: Adjective

many, multifold, multiple, multiplex, multitudinous, numerous

Antonyms: Adjective

few

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Examples of legion in a Sentence

Noun

Legions of people came to see him perform. joined the French Foreign Legion

Adjective

the obstacles that the programmers had to overcome have been legion
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Kate gravitates towards the more classic styles, and like Meghan, her outfits have inspired a legion of followers, too. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's 2018 Royal Ascot Dress Is So Different From Kate Middleton's in 2016," 19 June 2018 The stories of travelers turned transplants are legion. Jenna Schnuer, Anchorage Daily News, "24 hours in Anchorage (give or take an hour or two)," 3 May 2018 Unfortunately, examples of Twilight Zone neglect are legion. Ben Goldfarb, Smithsonian, "Illuminating the Ocean’s Teeming Twilight Zone, Before It Disappears," 14 Apr. 2018 With a cast this good and a play this great, the number of standout moments is legion; limiting this program note to just three is akin to my agonizing annual effort to choose the year’s best plays and performances. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Rep delivers darkness on the edge of 'Our Town'," 14 Apr. 2018 The targets of President Trump's tweeted wrath are legion. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump tweets and Mexico’s presidential hopefuls fire back," 3 Apr. 2018 When Jethro Tull appeared in 1971, legions of ticket-less fans tried to breach a fence, security forces let loose with tear gas and a five-year rock ’n’ roll ban began. Christopher Reynolds, latimes.com, "Sitting in the palm of nature: The unique energy — and performances — of Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre," 12 July 2018 One of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s biggest weapons could be boycotts of American brands by his country’s legion of consumers. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Trump's Trade War Has Its First Victims in the U.S. and China. Here's Who They Are," 9 July 2018 America is turning 242 years old in a few weeks and legions of us will be packing a cooler with beer and heading out to celebrate. Liza Weisstuch, BostonGlobe.com, "Sips: It packs a patriotic punch," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of legion

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1687, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for legion

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin legion-, legio, from legere to gather — more at legend

Adjective

see legion entry 1

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More Definitions for legion

legion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of legion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large group of soldiers in ancient Rome

: a large group of soldiers

: a national organization for former soldiers

legion

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of legion (Entry 2 of 2)

: very many or numerous

legion

noun
le·gion | \ ˈlē-jən \

Kids Definition of legion

1 : a group of from 3000 to 6000 soldiers that made up the chief army unit in ancient Rome

3 : a very great number She has a legion of admirers.

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