What does Legion mean?

Definitions for Legion
ˈli dʒənLe·gion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Legion.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. host, legionnoun

    archaic terms for army

  2. legionnoun

    association of ex-servicemen

    "the American Legion"

  3. legionnoun

    a large military unit

    "the French Foreign Legion"

  4. horde, host, legionadjective

    a vast multitude

  5. numerous, legion(p)adjective

    amounting to a large indefinite number

    "numerous times"; "the family was numerous"; "Palomar's fans are legion"


  1. legionnoun

    The major unit or division of the Roman army, usually comprising 3000 to 6000 infantry soldiers and 100 to 200 cavalry troops.

  2. legionnoun

    A large military or semimilitary unit trained for combat; any military force; an army, regiment; an armed, organized and assembled militia.

  3. legionnoun

    (often Legion or the Legion) A national organization or association of former servicemen, such as the American Legion, founded in 1919.

  4. legionnoun

    A large number of people; a multitude.

  5. legionnoun

    (often plural) A great number.

    Where one sin has entered, legions will force their way through the same breach. John Rogers (1679-1729)

  6. legionnoun

    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.

  7. legionadjective

    Numerous; vast; very great in number; multitudinous.

    Russia's labor and capital resources are woefully inadequate to overcome the state's needs and vulnerabilities, which are legion.

  8. Etymology: Attested (in, as legioun) around 1200, from legion, from legio, legionem, from legere; akin to legend, lecture.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Legion

    Etymology: legio, Latin.

    The most remarkable piece in Antoninus’s pillar is, the figure of Jupiter Pluvius sending rain on the fainting army of Marcus Aurelius, and thunderbolts on his enemies, which is the greatest confirmation possible of the story of the Christian legion. Addison.

    She to foreign realms
    Sends forth her dreadful legions. Philips.

    Not in the legions
    Of horrid hell, can come a devil more damn’d. William Shakespeare.

    The partition between good and evil is broken down; and where one sin has entered, legions will force their way through the same breach. John Rogers, Sermons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Legionnoun

    a body of foot soldiers and cavalry consisting of different numbers at different periods, -- from about four thousand to about six thousand men, -- the cavalry being about one tenth

  2. Legionnoun

    a military force; an army; military bands

  3. Legionnoun

    a great number; a multitude

  4. Legionnoun

    a group of orders inferior to a class

  5. Etymology: [OE. legioun, OF. legion, F. lgion, fr. L. legio, fr. legere to gather, collect. See Legend.]


  1. Legion

    Legion are a group of demons referred to in the Christian Bible. The New Testament outlines an encounter where Jesus healed a man from Gadarenes possessed by demons while traveling, known as Exorcising the Gerasenes demonic.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Legion

    lē′jun, n. in ancient Rome, a body of soldiers of from three to six thousand: a military force: a great number: in French history, the name of several military bodies, more esp. one which distinguished itself in Algeria and in the Crimea.—v.t. to form into legions.—adj. Lē′gionary, relating to, or consisting of, a legion or legions: containing a great number.—n. a soldier of a legion.—Legion of Honour, an order of merit instituted in France in 1802 by Napoleon I.; Thundering Legion, the name in Christian tradition for a body of soldiers under Marcus Aurelius, whose prayers for rain once brought down a thunderstorm and destroyed the enemy. [Fr.,—L. legion-emlegĕre, to levy.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Legion

    among the ancient Romans a body of soldiers consisting of three lines, the hastati, the principes, and the triarii, ranged in order of battle one behind the other, each divided into ten maniples, and the whole numbering from 4000 to 6000 men; to each legion was attached six military tribunes, who commanded in rotation, each for two months; under Marius the three lines were amalgamated, and the whole divided into ten cohorts of three maniples each; under the original arrangement the hastati were young or untrained men, the principes men in their full manhood, and the triarii veterans.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. legion

    (Lat. legio). A corps of soldiers in the Roman armies, first formed by Romulus, about 750 B.C., when it consisted of 3000 foot and 300 horse. When Hannibal was in Italy, 216 B.C., the legion consisted of 5200 soldiers; and under Marius, in 88 B.C., it was 6200 foot besides 700 horse. There were 10, and sometimes as many as 18 legions kept at Rome. Augustus had a standing army of 45 legions, together with 25,000 horse and 37,000 light-armed troops, about 5 B.C.; and the peace establishment of Adrian was 30 of these formidable brigades. A legion was divided into 10 cohorts, and every cohort into 6 centuries, with a vexillum, or standard, guarded by 10 men. The peace of Britain was protected by 3 legions. The French army was divided into legions subsequent to the reign of Francis I. See Thundering Legions.

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  1. Legion

    a group of genera, subequal to a tribe.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Legion in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Legion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Legion in a Sentence

  1. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve:

    It (France) will show again its respect for him (Hammouchi) by awarding him this time Les Insignes d'Officier de la Legion d'honneur.

  2. Henry Howard:

    The American Legion constitution includes 'to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the great wars,' if we don't share these stories, they'll be gone.

  3. Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732:

    He that is busy is tempted by but one devil; he that is idle, by a legion.

  4. Don Cheadle:

    Each time Chadwick Boseman stepped on the set, Chadwick Boseman inspired and influenced everyone there, and with every role, Chadwick Boseman created a new legion of fans. Chadwick Boseman had an incredible power to unify people and their love for Chadwick Boseman work and their respect for Chadwick Boseman as a person. The way Chadwick Boseman lived Chadwick Boseman life united people behind a higher purpose, and that will be Chadwick Boseman legacy.

  5. Richard Ben-Veniste:

    Bob Mueller's attributes are legion.

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