The definition of a legend is a story handed down through generations which is believed to be historical.(noun)
An example of legend is King Arthur.
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Origin: ME legende < OFr < ML legenda, things to read, neut. pl. of L legendus, ger. of legere, to read: see logic
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Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French legende
Origin: , from Medieval Latin (lēctiō) legenda, (lesson) to be read
Origin: , from Latin
Origin: , feminine gerundive of legere, to read; see leg- in Indo-European roots. Usage Note: Legend comes from the Latin adjective legenda, “for reading, to be read,” which referred only to written stories, not to traditional stories transmitted orally from generation to generation. This restriction also applied to the English word legend when it was first used in the late 14th century in reference to written accounts of saints' lives, but ever since the 15th century legend has been used to refer to traditional stories as well. Today a legend can also be a person or achievement worthy of inspiring such a story—anyone or anything whose fame promises to be enduring, even if the renown is created more by the media than by oral tradition. Thus we speak of the legendary accomplishments of a major-league baseball star or the legendary voice of a famous opera singer. This usage is common journalistic hyperbole, and 55 percent of the Usage Panel accepts it.
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