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

Definition of legionary

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: of, relating to, or constituting a legion


plural legionaries

Definition of legionary (Entry 2 of 2)

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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 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, "A HERITAGE of architecture in Jerusalem," 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, "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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Construction Reveals Remnants of Roman Fort Below British Bus Station," 27 Sep. 2019 These legionaries would march 20 miles a day with 80 lbs. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Overloaded Soldier: Why U.S. Infantry Now Carry More Weight Than Ever," 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, "Debt Collectors Are Wearing New Hats in Spain," 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 20 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of legionary

: a soldier who is a member of a legion

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