le·​gion·​naire ˌlē-jə-ˈner How to pronounce legionnaire (audio)
: a member of a legion

Examples of legionnaire in a Sentence

the legionnaires are well respected for their fighting prowess
Recent Examples on the Web At the Crimea pavilion, throngs of visitors pose with men dressed as Roman legionnaires next to a video boasting about the bridge connecting the peninsula, which was illegally annexed in 2014, to the Russian mainland. Valerie Hopkins, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2024 In 2022, an outbreak of legionnaires' disease in New York City's Bronx borough left one dead and 18 sick. Sandra Rose Salathe, Peoplemag, 16 Sep. 2023 The legionnaires’ loyalty was largely to one another, but France fashioned the recruits into an effective force available for tough situations, especially in the French colonies. Foreign Affairs, 15 Aug. 2017 Isis, apparently, appealed to Rome’s elite, but Mithras was the god of choice for working stiffs and battle-hardened legionnaires (the cult excluded women). David Laskin Martin Pauer, New York Times, 1 May 2023 From Roman legionnaires to Napoleon’s troops, many armies have occupied Aragonese over the years. Joe Yogerst, CNN, 11 May 2023 The Roman legionnaires tied bands of cloth around their necks. Kevin Fisher-Paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Mar. 2023 Cheryl Senter/Cheryl Senter for the Boston Globe Guglielmo also attended the meeting, clad in a Roman legionnaire’s costume with a Go-Pro camera attached to his chest. Amanda Gokee, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Mar. 2023 But surrender is not a part of a legionnaire’s mentality. New York Times, 28 Sep. 2020

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Word History


French légionnaire, from Latin legionarius

First Known Use

1595, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of legionnaire was in 1595

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“Legionnaire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legionnaire. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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le·​gion·​naire ˌlē-jə-ˈna(ə)r How to pronounce legionnaire (audio)
: a member of a legion

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