What does legend mean?

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ˈlɛdʒ əndleg·end

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. legend, fablenoun

    a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events

  2. caption, legendnoun

    brief description accompanying an illustration

Wiktionary

  1. legendnoun

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

    The legend of Troy was discovered to have historical basis.

    Etymology: From legende, from legende, from legenda, neuter plural of the future passive participle of legere.

  2. legendnoun

    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.

    Etymology: From legende, from legende, from legenda, neuter plural of the future passive participle of legere.

  3. legendnoun

    A leading protagonist in a historical legend.

    Achilles is a legend in Greek culture.

    Etymology: From legende, from legende, from legenda, neuter plural of the future passive participle of legere.

  4. legendnoun

    A person of extraordinary accomplishment.

    Michael Jordan stands as a legend in basketball.

    Etymology: From legende, from legende, from legenda, neuter plural of the future passive participle of legere.

  5. legendnoun

    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.

    Etymology: From legende, from legende, from legenda, neuter plural of the future passive participle of legere.

  6. legendnoun

    The text on a coin.

    Etymology: From legende, from legende, from legenda, neuter plural of the future passive participle of legere.

  7. legendnoun

    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.

    Etymology: From legende, from legende, from legenda, neuter plural of the future passive participle of legere.

  8. legendnoun

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Legendnoun

    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

    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.]

  2. Legendnoun

    a story respecting saints; especially, one of a marvelous nature

    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.]

  3. Legendnoun

    any wonderful story coming down from the past, but not verifiable by historical record; a myth; a fable

    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.]

  4. Legendnoun

    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

    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.]

  5. Legendverb

    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.]

Freebase

  1. 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."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Legend

    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. legenduslegĕre, to read.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Legend

    An Americanism for a written or printed notice. The term has latterly come into use in England relative to a tradesman’s shop announcement.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'legend' in Nouns Frequency: #2124

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of legend in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of legend in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of legend in a Sentence

  1. Anuj Somany:

    Beware of any hype created Legend who may appear as friend from the front but plays other games backhand.

  2. Verdine White:

    My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep, while the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.

  3. Paul Dergarabedian of comScore:

    Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations, declared to Variety. But Ben-Hur isn't the only epic fail. Proving that Americans aren't impressed with much of Hollywood's summer slate, there have been multiple flops, including the Ghostbusters remake, Alice Through The Looking Glass, Star Trek Beyond, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Independence Day: Resurgence, The Legend of Tarzan, Warcraft, X Men: Apocalypse, and the Steven Spielberg directed fantasy, The BFG. Still, as The Wrap just reported, North American ticket sales are up 2.84 percent over 2015 receipts at this time. The films have cumulatively earned an astounding $4.14 billion domestic in figures calculated from 108 days after the first Friday in May until Aug. 22. This summer suffered from the problem of perception versus reality.

  4. Henry Louis Mencken:

    Legend a lie that has attained the dignity of age.

  5. Guillermo Valdes:

    This man has become a legend, if you look at the drug trafficking organizations that existed in 1990 and the ones existing today, Sinaloa is the only one that has endured, and that speaks to the quality of the strategy and leadership.

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