le·​gion·​ary | \ ˈlē-jə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce legionary (audio) , -ˌne-rē \

Definition of legionary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or constituting a legion


plural legionaries

Definition of legionary (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for legionary

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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

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First Known Use of legionary


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1536, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for legionary


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

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“Legionary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legionary. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of legionary

: a soldier who is a member of a legion


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