- To give legal force or status to; make lawful.
- To sanction formally or officially; authorize.
- To demonstrate or declare to be justified.
A legitimate king.
An actor of the legitimate stage.
An example of a legitimate idea is one that is accepted and that scientists can prove.
An example of a legitimate child is someone born to married parents.
A legitimate monarch.
The legitimate theater.
Origin of legitimate
- Middle English legitimat born in wedlock from Medieval Latin lēgitimātus law-worthy past participle of lēgitimāre to make lawful from Latin lēgitimus legitimate from lēx lēg- law leg- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Medieval Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimo (“make legal").