legion

noun
le·​gion | \ ˈlē-jən How to pronounce legion (audio) \

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

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 That Nadal and Djokovic are now within hailing distance of Federer’s record surely has led every Fed fan -- and there are, of course, legions of them around the world -- to think about the major titles that got away. oregonlive, "Roger Federer’s career Grand Slam record is in danger as rivals make determined push: 2020 Australian Open," 19 Jan. 2020 Finally, the garnishes for posole, of whatever color or construction, are legion, and certainly a matter of convenience, availability or taste. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Here are three versions of posole with winter on its way," 18 Sep. 2019 Lake's post has been live for less than 24 hours and has already garnered nearly 30,000 likes and legions of comments. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Ricki Lake Just Shaved Her Head After Struggling With Hair Loss for Over 30 Years," 2 Jan. 2020 But legions of devoted listeners — a drive-time audience of millions tuned in to 100 radio stations across the country and a cable television network — adored his irreverence and gut-fighter’s instincts. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Don Imus, Radio Host Who Pushed Boundaries, Dies at 79," 27 Dec. 2019 The new film, directed by J.J. Abrams, had to navigate tricky waters, pleasing legions of Star Wars fans while also delivering a conclusion to the current trilogy of pictures. Fortune, "Newest Star Wars Film Produces Another Box Office Hit for Disney," 23 Dec. 2019 Add Harry Styles to Lizzo‘s legions of fans — and vice versa! Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Harry Styles Lights Up the BBC Radio 1 Stage with a Cover of 'Juice' — and Lizzo Loves It," 18 Dec. 2019 And who doesn’t love the swirling sounds of slot machines, seizure-inducing flashing lights and legions of saps on their bottom dollar and their seventh Seven&Seven. Jordan Riefe, Orange County Register, "Have a sinfully good time at Heavenly’s winter wonderland," 25 Nov. 2019 And not just on the growing legions of elderly Americans; defense and other areas of discretionary spending have also shot up under Trump’s presidency. Catherine Rampell, Twin Cities, "Catherine Rampell: The deficit has gotten worse. This shouldn’t be a surprise.," 16 Oct. 2019

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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 and Adjective

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

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Time Traveler for legion

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The first known use of legion was in the 13th century

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22 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Legion.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legion?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=l&file=legion01. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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legion

noun
How to pronounce legion (audio)

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 How to pronounce legion (audio) \

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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