A legion is one thousand troops.
- An example of legion is one thousand US Army troops.
- An example of legion is hundreds of fans showing up to an author's book signing.
- Rom. History a military division varying at times from 3,000 to 6,000 foot soldiers, with additional cavalrymen
- a large group of soldiers; army
- a large number; multitude: a legion of admirers
- American Legion, Foreign Legion, etc.
Origin of legionOld French ; from Classical Latin legio ; from legere, to choose: see logic
- The major unit of the Roman army consisting of 3,000 to 6,000 infantry troops and 100 to 200 cavalry troops.
- A large military unit trained for combat; an army.
- A large number; a multitude. See Synonyms at multitude.
- often Legion A national organization of former members of the armed forces.
Origin of legionMiddle English legioun, from Old French legion, from Latin legi&omacron;, legi&omacron;n-, from legere, to gather; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
- (military, Ancient Rome) The major unit or division of the Roman army, usually comprising 3000 to 6000 infantry soldiers and 100 to 200 cavalry troops.
- A large military or semimilitary unit trained for combat; any military force; an army, regiment; an armed, organized and assembled militia.
- (often Legion or the Legion) A national organization or association of former servicemen, such as the American Legion, founded in 1919.
- A large number of people; a multitude.
- (often plural) A great number.
- Where one sin has entered, legions will force their way through the same breach. "” John Rogers (1679-1729) Google Books
- (dated, taxonomy) A group of orders inferior to a class; in scientific classification, a term occasionally used to express an assemblage of objects intermediate between an order and a class.
Generalized sense of “a large number" is due to (inaccurate) translations of allusive phrase in Mark 5:9
- And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.