leg·​end·​ary | \ ˈle-jən-ˌder-ē How to pronounce legendary (audio) , -ˌde-rē \

Definition of legendary

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of legend or a legend legendary creatures of the sea
2 : well-known, famous a legendary football player

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legendarily \ ˌle-​jən-​ˈder-​ə-​lē How to pronounce legendary (audio) , -​ˈde-​rə-​ \ adverb

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fictitious, fabulous, legendary, mythical, apocryphal mean having the nature of something imagined or invented. fictitious implies fabrication and suggests artificiality or contrivance more than deliberate falsification or deception. fictitious characters fabulous stresses the marvelous or incredible character of something without necessarily implying impossibility or actual nonexistence. a land of fabulous riches legendary suggests the elaboration of invented details and distortion of historical facts produced by popular tradition. the legendary exploits of Davy Crockett mythical implies a purely fanciful explanation of facts or the creation of beings and events out of the imagination. mythical creatures apocryphal implies an unknown or dubious source or origin or may imply that the thing itself is dubious or inaccurate. a book that repeats many apocryphal stories

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legendary creatures from the sea He is the most legendary football player of his time.
Recent Examples on the Web But the song’s legendary status was already cemented at the start of the 21st century. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 28 Sep. 2021 This fund run by legendary investor Mario Gabelli was selling for just $0.85 on the dollar. Brett Owens, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 Some songs didn't need additional time to cement their legendary status. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2021 Perkins, in particular, has a legendary status in Alabama. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, 8 Sep. 2021 Bruce Lee’s posthumous opus Enter the Dragon cemented the martial artist’s legendary status in ’73; here was the rare nonwhite leading man who exuded anti-Establishment energy. Beatrice Loayza, Vulture, 28 Aug. 2021 The Chicago company was founded in the 1960s by legendary property investor Sam Zell. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 25 Aug. 2021 Few competitors have earned the legendary status of Team USA’s Tatyana McFadden. Taylor Dutc, SELF, 24 Aug. 2021 We're known around here for beer-chugging, but Tucker took his Champagne chugging to legendary status during the parade and then on stage. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 July 2021

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First Known Use of legendary

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of legendary was in 1570

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“Legendary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legendary. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of legendary

: told about in a legend
: very famous or well-known


leg·​end·​ary | \ ˈle-jən-ˌder-ē How to pronounce legendary (audio) \

Kids Definition of legendary

1 : told about in legends a legendary city
2 : very famous because of special qualities or abilities a legendary musician

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