- The definition of a legend is a story handed down through generations which is believed to be historical.
An example of legend is King Arthur.
The story of King Arthur is an example of a legend.
- a story handed down for generations among a people and popularly believed to have a historical basis, although not verifiable
- all such stories belonging to a particular group of people: famous in Irish legend
- a notable person whose deeds or exploits are much talked about in his or her own time
- the stories of his or her exploits
- an inscription on a coin, coat of arms, etc.
- a title, brief description, or key accompanying an illustration or map
Origin of legendMiddle English legende ; from Old French ; from Medieval Latin legenda, things to read, neuter plural of Classical Latin legendus, gerund, gerundive of legere, to read: see logic
- a. An unverified story handed down from earlier times, especially one popularly believed to be historical.b. A body or collection of such stories.c. See urban legend.
- One that inspires legends or achieves legendary fame: She is a legend in her own time.
- a. An inscription or title on an object, such as a coin.b. An explanatory caption accompanying an illustration.c. An explanatory table or list of the symbols appearing on a map or chart.
Origin of legendMiddle English, from Old French legende, from Medieval Latin (lēctiō) legenda, (lesson) to be read, from Latin, feminine gerundive of legere, to read; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
- A story of unknown origin describing plausible but extraordinary past events.
- The legend of Troy was discovered to have historical basis.
- A story in which a kernel of truth is embellished to an unlikely degree.
- The 1984 Rose Bowl prank has spawned many legends. Here's the real story.
- A leading protagonist in a historical legend.
- Achilles is a legend in Greek culture.
- A person of extraordinary accomplishment.
- Michael Jordan stands as a legend in basketball.
- A key to the symbols and color codes on a map, chart, etc.
- According to the legend on the map, that building is a school.
- An inscription, motto, or title, especially one surrounding the field in a medal or coin, or placed upon a heraldic shield or beneath an engraving or illustration.
- A fabricated backstory for a spy, with associated documents and records; a cover story.
- According to his legend, he once worked for the Red Cross, spreading humanitarian aid in Africa.
- (UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, colloquial, slang) A cool, nice or helpful person, especially one who is male.
- I've lost my pen! —Here mate, borrow mine. —You legend.
(third-person singular simple present legends, present participle legending, simple past and past participle legended)