Definition of Legend

1. Noun. A story about mythical or supernatural beings or events.

Exact synonyms: Fable
Examples of category: Grail, Holy Grail, Sangraal, King Arthur's Round Table, Round Table, Hagiology, Midas, Sisyphus, Tristan, Tristram, Iseult, Isolde
Generic synonyms: Story
Specialized synonyms: Arthurian Legend
Derivative terms: Fabulist, Fabulous, Legendary



2. Noun. Brief description accompanying an illustration.
Exact synonyms: Caption
Generic synonyms: Title
Group relationships: Illustration
Derivative terms: Caption

Definition of Legend

1. n. 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. v. t. To tell or narrate, as a legend.

Definition of Legend

1. Noun. A story of unknown origin describing plausible but extraordinary past events. ¹

2. Noun. A story in which a kernel of truth is embellished to an unlikely degree. ¹

3. Noun. A leading protagonist in a historical legend. ¹

4. Noun. A person of extraordinary accomplishment. ¹

5. Noun. A key to the symbols and color codes on a map, chart, etc. ¹

6. Noun. The text on a coin. ¹

7. Noun. A fabricated backstory for a spy, with associated documents and records; a cover story. ¹

8. Noun. (UK Irish Australia NZ colloquial slang) A worthy friend. ¹

9. Verb. (archaic transitive) To tell or narrate; to recount. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Legend

1. an unverified story from earlier times [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Legend

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Literary usage of Legend

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. American Anthropologist by American Anthropological Association, American Ethnological Society (1892)
"Owing to the great difficulty of putting on paper an unwritten language, and especially a long legend therein, Ska-na-wa-ti was compelled to dictate from ..."

2. The History of Rome by Wilhelm Ihne (1871)
"This highly characteristic legend is repeated more than once, as in the case ... Even the rationalistic version of the legend, which represents the death of ..."

3. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1894)
"A legend. How well I remember when I heard this legend ! We had been travelling for nearly a week in the mountains, crossing torrents ..."

4. Library of the World's Best Literature: Ancient and Modern by Edward Cornelius Towne (1897)
"The best known of the many modern embodiments of this legend are Tennyson's ... The popularity of the legend was wide-spread. Its influence was profound, ..."

5. Spanish Papers by Washington Irving (1895)
"These legends, consisting of the *" legend of Don Roderick," the "legend of the Subjugation of Spain," the "legend of Count Julian and his Family," formed ..."

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