legionary

adjective
le·gion·ary | \ˈlē-jə-ˌner-ē, -ˌne-rē\

Definition of legionary 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or constituting a legion

legionary

noun
plural legionaries

Definition of legionary (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for legionary

Synonyms: Noun

dogface, fighter, legionnaire, man-at-arms, regular, serviceman, soldier, warrior

Antonyms: Noun

civilian

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Examples of legionary in a Sentence

Noun

the daring exploits of the French legionaries have long been the stuff of literary and cinematic legend

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

As part of the free admission, guests can experience a lively demonstration of gladiatorial combat, explore hands-on activities, learn about Roman life and the famous Roman legionary soldiers, and play with the toys and games of Roman children. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Cranbrook Institute of Science: Get in free Sunday," 17 May 2018 The cemetery they were buried in was once on the outskirts of Eboracum, a Roman legionary fortress and settlement that was one of the largest in Britain 1800 years ago. National Geographic, "DNA Reveals Far-Off Origins of Ancient 'Gladiators'," 19 Jan. 2016

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The modern-day version has firms sending out agents to collect debts dressed in a medley of outfits from monks to Roman legionaries. Bloomberg.com, "Debt Collectors Are Wearing New Hats in Spain," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of legionary

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1536, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for legionary

Adjective

Middle English legyonary, from Latin legionarius, from legion-, legio

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legionary

noun

English Language Learners Definition of legionary

: a soldier who is a member of a legion

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