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, bike [chiefly Scottish], cram, crowd, crush, drove, flock, herd, horde, host, mass, mob, multitude, press, rout, scrum, swarm, throng

Synonyms: Adjective

beaucoup [slang], 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

But among the legions of men who have been professionally and socially toppled by the #MeToo movement since the first articles about Mr. Weinstein were published in October, very few have faced criminal charges. Melena Ryzik, New York Times, "Weinstein in Handcuffs Is a ‘Start to Justice’ for His Accusers," 25 May 2018 Newman was probably the highest-profile star among the legion of celebrities lining up behind McCarthy in 1968. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When Paul Newman and other stars campaigned in the 1968 Wisconsin Primary," 20 Mar. 2018 England laboured towards the end, and not wanting to let down the legions of fans who wanted extra-time and potential penalties, duly conceded a stoppage time goal to Yerry Mina. SI.com, "A Nation Erupts: England Penalty Shootout Glory Sends Shockwaves Around the Country," 3 July 2018 With the legions of cord cutters likely exceeding 15 million households soon, the battle for the future of television seems to be splintering between two visions. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "How Roku's Planned New Offering Could Be a Boon For Cord Cutters," 18 June 2018 Congressman Pete Sessions said part of the outreach has to be explaining to the legions of people moving to Texas every year why Republican policies, particularly on the economy, are critical to keeping the state moving forward. Jeremy Wallace, San Antonio Express-News, "Republicans in Texas scoff at ‘blue wave’ even as they brace for it," 16 June 2018 Sign painter Doc Guthrie and Los Angeles artist Michael C. McMillen get together to talk about the ways in which the city once served as broad canvas to legions of sign painters. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Portraits of peers, collages inspired by the African diaspora and art for feline lovers," 14 June 2018 But the extra costs will take their toll on the legions of manufacturers that regularly buy steel. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Trade battle takes its toll on local manufacturers," 11 June 2018 In this, the legions of fans who disagreed with the decision to part ways with Hinkie understandably see a form of poetic justice. David Murphy, Philly.com, "Sixers decided Bryan Colangelo's strength, like Sam Hinkie's, had become a liability | David Murphy," 8 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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