semilegendary

adjective

semi·​leg·​end·​ary ˌse-mē-ˈle-jən-ˌder-ē How to pronounce semilegendary (audio)
ˌse-ˌmī-,
-mi-
: having historical foundation but elaborated in legend

Examples of semilegendary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Annapurna and Nanga Parbat are particularly deadly, killing a quarter or more of the mountaineers who undertake an ascent, though not the semilegendary Maurice Herzog and Reinhold Messner. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of semilegendary was in 1866

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“Semilegendary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semilegendary. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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