Definitions for Legendˈlɛdʒ ənd
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a nonhistorical or unverifiable story handed down by tradition from earlier times and popularly accepted as historical.
the body of stories of this kind, esp. as they relate to a particular people, group, or clan.
an inscription, esp. on a coat of arms, a monument, a picture, or the like.
a table on a map, chart, or the like, listing and explaining the symbols used.
the lettering running around the field of a coin, medal, etc.
a collection of stories about an admirable person.
a person who is the center of such stories:
to become a legend in one's own lifetime.
Archaic. a story of the life of a saint.
Obs. a collection of such stories or stories like them.
* Syn: legend , myth , fable refer to stories handed down from earlier times, often by word of mouth. A legend is a story associated with a people or a nation; it is usu. concerned with a real person, place, or event and is popularly believed to have some basis in fact: the legend of King Arthur. A myth is one of a class of purportedly historical stories that attempt to explain some belief, practice, or natural phenomenon; the characters are usu. gods or heroes: the Greek myth about Demeter. A fable is a fictitious story intended to teach a moral lesson; the characters are usu. animals: the fable about the fox and the grapes.
Origin of legend:
1300–50; ME legende account of a saint's life < ML legenda lit., (lesson) to be read; so called because appointed to be read on respective saints' days
a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events
brief description accompanying an illustration
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a traditional story about important people and their actions, or all the stories of this kind
the legend of Katama: the Creation Story of Dolphins; According to legend, the boy could not die.
a person who is known and loved by many people
Elvis, one of rock's greatest legends
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.
The text on a coin.
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.
A worthy friend.
Cheers mate for fixing my car: you're a legend.
Origin: From legende, from legende, from legenda, neuter plural of the future passive participle of legere.
that which is appointed to be read; especially, a chronicle or register of the lives of saints, formerly read at matins, and in the refectories of religious houses
a story respecting saints; especially, one of a marvelous nature
any wonderful story coming down from the past, but not verifiable by historical record; a myth; a fable
an inscription, motto, or title, esp. one surrounding the field in a medal or coin, or placed upon an heraldic shield or beneath an engraving or illustration
to tell or narrate, as a legend
A legend is a narrative of human actions that are perceived both by teller and listeners to take place within human history and to possess certain qualities that give the tale verisimilitude. Legend, for its active and passive participants includes no happenings that are outside the realm of "possibility", defined by a highly flexible set of parameters, which may include miracles that are perceived as actually having happened, within the specific tradition of indoctrination where the legend arises, and within which it may be transformed over time, in order to keep it fresh and vital, and realistic. A majority of legends operate within the realm of uncertainty, never being entirely believed by the participants, but also never being resolutely doubted. The Brothers Grimm defined legend as folktale historically grounded. A modern folklorist's professional definition of legend was proposed by Timothy R. Tangherlini in 1990: Legend, typically, is a short episodic, traditional, highly ecotypified historicized narrative performed in a conversational mode, reflecting on a psychological level a symbolic representation of folk belief and collective experiences and serving as a reaffirmation of commonly held values of the group to whose tradition it belongs."
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'Legend' in Nouns Frequency: #2124
Translations for Legend
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a myth or traditional story, handed down from one generation to another
the legend of St George.
- lendaPortuguese (BR)
- die SageGerman
- legende; sagnDanish
- दंत कथा, ख्याति प्राप्त व्यक्ति, आलेखHindi
- 전설, 구전Korean
- legende, (folke)sagnNorwegian
- legend, folksagaSwedish
- efsane, destanTurkish
- 傳說，傳奇Chinese (Trad.)
- روایتی قصہ از قسم اساطیرUrdu
- huyền thoạiVietnamese
- 传说，传奇Chinese (Simp.)
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