Legend meaning

lĕjənd
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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.

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A person of extraordinary accomplishment.

Michael Jordan stands as a legend in basketball.

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A title, brief description, or key accompanying an illustration or map.
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One that inspires legends or achieves legendary fame.

She is a legend in her own time.

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An inscription on a coin, coat of arms, etc.
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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.
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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.

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A leading protagonist in a historical legend.

Achilles is a legend in Greek culture.

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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.

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(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.

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(archaic) To tell or narrate; to recount.

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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.

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A story of unknown origin describing plausible but extraordinary past events.

The legend of Troy was discovered to have historical basis.

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Origin of legend

  • Middle English from Old French legende from Medieval Latin (lēctiō) legenda (lesson) to be read from Latin feminine gerundive of legere to read leg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition