Adjective "Legions" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ˈliːdʒ(ə)n/

Definitions and examples

noun

A division of 3,000–6,000 men, including a complement of cavalry, in the ancient Roman army.
  1. 'The Roman legions brought peace and prosperity, at least most of the time.'
  2. 'The most important fighting unit of the Roman Army was the legion commanded by a legatus.'
A vast number of people or things.
  1. 'For the band's legion of fans, Metz's book is a loving walk down memory lane.'
  2. 'Hundreds of poignant tributes from Peel's legion of devoted listeners have flooded the messageboards on the BBC.'
  3. 'It'll silence their critics, amaze their fans and win them a whole new legion of admirers.'
  4. 'Hopefully a whole new legion of admirers will be awakened.'
  5. 'In BBC hospital drama Casualty, Clive played consultant Mike Barratt, whose combination of beefy good looks and softly-spoken bedside manner won him a legion of admirers.'
  6. 'The former England boss has won a legion of admirers the world over thanks to his honest, forthright views and his overwhelming passion for the game.'
  7. 'Deservedly, the DS has garnered a legion of admirers from every generation of drivers born since.'
  8. 'Back in the 1990s Ed Schultz was one of a legion of bombastic conservative talk-radio hosts.'
  9. 'As it turns out, no one in the real estate community likes this guy and the stories about his stunts are legion.'
  10. 'The two Soweto giants were lying fourth and fifth respectively yesterday behind clubs such as Bloemfontein Celtic and Black Leopards despite their vast legion of supporters.'

adjective

Great in number.
  1. 'Examples of this type of behaviour in the still rather immature PC industry are legion.'
  2. 'The web sites devoted to Brigitte are of course legion.'
  3. 'The stories about Dan are legion, and don't bear repetition here - although his autobiography is highly recommended.'
  4. 'By contrast, makeshift labs that produce the synthetic drug methamphetamine are legion - thousands of such facilities are busted annually.'
  5. 'Books and articles on the tradition of the English country house are legion.'
  6. 'The stories of people duped by these schemes are legion.'
  7. 'The advantages of switching from car to bike are legion.'
  8. '"The history is complicated; the factual disputes are legion."'
  9. 'Literary references to wine drinking are legion, presumably because it encouraged conversation, civilized, bawdy, or sometimes nonsensical.'
  10. 'His list of friends and admirers there is legion.'

Definitions

noun

1. a division of the Roman army, usually comprising 3000 to 6000 soldiers.

2. a military or semimilitary unit.

3. the Legion. American Legion. foreign legion (def 2).

4. any large group of armed men.

5. any great number of persons or things; multitude.

adjective

6. very great in number: The holy man's faithful followers were legion.

Origin

(legion)Middle English: via Old French from Latin legio(n-), from legere ‘choose, levy’. The adjective dates from the late 17th century, in early use often in the phrase my, their, etc. name is legion, i.e. ‘we, they, etc. are many’ (Mark 5:9).