the stuff of legend

idiomatic phrase
variants: or less commonly the stuff of legends

Definition of the stuff of legend

1 : someone or something that is told about in legend Dragons are still the stuff of legend. But in Slovenia, a bizarre, cave-dwelling … salamander serves as a worthy, real-life stand-in.— Olivia Lowenberg
2 : someone or something that is very famous or memorable Earlier that summer, Saito faced off with Tanaka in Japan's national high school championships, which are at least the equivalent of March Madness in the United States. Their battles were the stuff of legend, but Saito's team won and he struck out Tanaka for the final out of the deciding game.— Anthony Rieber For those of us who ran around in it, the blizzard of '78 was the stuff of legend, an unrelenting force of nature that smacked Boston upside the head for about a week.— Bob Flaherty The contest between ruling authorities and peasants over whether or not martyrs would be commemorated could itself become the stuff of legends.— Anne Walthall

First Known Use of the stuff of legend

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“The stuff of legend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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