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le·​gion·​ary ˈlē-jə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce legionary (audio)
: of, relating to, or constituting a legion


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plural legionaries

Example Sentences

Noun the daring exploits of the French legionaries have long been the stuff of literary and cinematic legend
Recent Examples on the Web
Inside the outpost, the rankings got more granular—commoner, foreigner, servant, patrician, legionary, commander, senator, magistrate. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 10 June 2021 Two examples include a room from King Herod's palace that was discovered under the old Ottoman Kishle prison and a Roman legionary bathhouse that was excavated when a modern Jewish mikvah, a building for ritual baths, was under construction. National Geographic, 14 Nov. 2019 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, 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, 19 Jan. 2016
The teenage hero is among a few witnesses, including a Neanderthal cave man, a Roman legionary and the preteen daughter of a Princeton University professor, called before a tribunal representing three great galaxies. Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2020 According to the Telegraph’s Mike Wright, the fort likely served as a satellite of Isca Dumnoniorum, a military fortification garrisoned by 5,500 legionaries tasked with pacifying the fiercely resisting local populations in the region. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, 27 Sep. 2019 These legionaries would march 20 miles a day with 80 lbs. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, 26 Dec. 2018 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, 14 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1536, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of legionary was in the 15th century

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“Legionary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legionary. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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1 of 2 adjective
le·​gion·​ary ˈlē-jə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce legionary (audio)
: of, relating to, or forming a legion


2 of 2 noun
plural legionaries
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