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


  1. legendnoun

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

    The legend of Troy was discovered to have historical basis.

  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.

  3. legendnoun

    A leading protagonist in a historical legend.

    Achilles is a legend in Greek culture.

  4. legendnoun

    A person of extraordinary accomplishment.

    Michael Jordan stands as a legend in basketball.

  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.

  6. legendnoun

    The text on a coin.

  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.

  8. legendnoun

    A worthy friend.

    Cheers mate for fixing my car: you're a legend.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Legendnoun

    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.

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

  2. Legendnoun

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

  3. Legendnoun

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

  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

  5. Legendverb

    to tell or narrate, as a legend

  6. 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.]


  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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  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. Spencer Madrie:

    You wish somebody like that could go on forever and be this lifelong legend, you don’t ever consider somebody like that passing, even though her legacy will last for generations after.

  2. Gayle Dudley:

    I was taken aback. To be named a Grill Master Legend means a lot to me, what made me happiest is that I had the opportunity to share it with my mother and see how proud she was.

  3. Deirdre Henderson:

    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.

  4. Jeff Kaufmann:

    I think my folks out here just want to see him up front and personal, to be real honest with you, I think they want to see the man behind the legend.

  5. The Warriors:

    It's another opportunity for kids in Oakland, obviously, Gary is a Hall of Famer, Oakland legend and I think the kids will respect that. Everybody in the basketball community in Oakland admires Gary. He knows what he's talking about, he knows what he's doing, so I'm excited to see what happens up there. It's just another opportunity for kids in Oakland to follow their dreams. If it's not with basketball, opportunities in the classroom around the game. Hopefully, it goes well.

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