Definitions for legend
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word legend.
a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events
brief description accompanying an illustration
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.
Etymology: From legende, from legende, from legenda, neuter plural of the future passive participle of legere.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: legenda, Latin.
Legends being grown in a manner to be nothing else but heaps of frivolous and scandalous vanities, they have been even with disdain thrown out, the very nests which bred them abhorring them. Richard Hooker, b. v.
There are in Rome two sets of antiquities, the christian and the heathen; the former, though of a fresher date, are so embroiled with fable and legend, that one receives but little satisfaction. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.
And in this legend all that glorious deed
Read, whilst you arm you; arm you whilst you read. Edward Fairfax, b. i.
Who can show the legends, that record
More idle tales, or fables so absurd. Richard Blackmore.
It is the way and means of attaining to heaven, that makes profane scorners so willingly let go the expectation of it. It is not the articles of the creed, but the duty to God and their neighbour, that is such an inconsistent incredible legend. Richard Bentley, Sermons.
Compare the beauty and comprehensiveness of legends on ancient coins. Joseph Addison, on Medals.
A legend is a genre of folklore that consists of a narrative featuring human actions, believed or perceived, both by teller and listeners, to have taken place in human history. Narratives in this genre may demonstrate human values, and possess certain qualities that give the tale verisimilitude. Legend, for its active and passive participants may include miracles. Legends may be transformed over time to keep them fresh and vital. Many legends operate within the realm of uncertainty, never being entirely believed by the participants, but also never being resolutely doubted. Legends are sometimes distinguished from myths in that they concern human beings as the main characters rather than gods, and sometimes in that they have some sort of historical basis whereas myths generally do not. The Brothers Grimm defined legend as "folktale historically grounded". A by-product of the "concern with human beings" is the long list of legendary creatures, leaving no "resolute doubt" that legends are "historically grounded." A modern folklorist's professional definition of legend was proposed by Timothy R. Tangherlini in 1990: Legend, typically, is a short (mono-) 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.
A legend is a traditional or historical story or narrative that is passed down through generations, typically involving heroic characters, extraordinary events, or mythical creatures. Legends often possess symbolic or metaphorical elements and may serve to teach or explain beliefs, customs, or cultural traditions within a particular society or community. They can be found in various forms such as folktales, myths, epics, or religious texts, and are often held in high regard and cherished as part of a cultural heritage.
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
Etymology: [OE. legende, OF. legende, F. lgende, LL. legenda, fr. L. legendus to be read, fr. legere to read, gather; akin to Gr. le`gein to gather, speak. Cf. Collect, Dialogue, Lesson, Logic.]
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."
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
lej′end, or lē′-, n. a marvellous story from early times: the motto on a coat of arms, medal, or coin: an inscription of any kind: a musical composition set to a poetical story.—n. Leg′endary, a book of legends: one who relates legends: (pl.) a chronicle of the lives of saints.—adj. consisting of legends: romantic: fabulous.—n. Leg′endist, a writer of legends.—Golden legend (see Golden). [Fr.,—Low L. legenda, a book of chronicles of the saints read at matins—L. legendus—legĕre, to read.]
The author forming names of appliances or instrumenting another name for mythology in definite date of data. 1.) A traditional story sometimes popularly regarded as historical but unauthenticated. 2.) An extremely famous or notorious person, in a particular field. 3.) An inscription on a coin or medal. A caption.
The Most High legend carries the glorious stories at hand.
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Etymology and Origins
An Americanism for a written or printed notice. The term has latterly come into use in England relative to a tradesman’s shop announcement.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'legend' in Nouns Frequency: #2124
The numerical value of legend in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of legend in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
A legend is an old man with a cane known for what he used to do. I'm still doing it.
I think what John Legend's done is John Legend's stealing the thunder from Frank Loesser's song and my dad, john Legend should write John Legend own song if John Legend doesn't like this one, but don't change the lyrics. It's a classic, perfect song.
It’s the mystery surrounding Hitler – why did he do what he did? I don’t think anyone will ever know, but JFK was analyzing it and saying Hitler was a legend – and Hitler is a legend. But he’s not a good legend. You can’t translate that as meaning he had admiration for him.
I find that we all get more legendary as time goes by. 'Legend' means, basically, 'bullshit.'
Every country has a legend. But in Uganda, everyone is a legend of their kind
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