Adjective "legend" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A traditional story sometimes popularly regarded as historical but not authenticated.
  1. mass noun 'according to legend he banished all the snakes from Ireland'
  2. 'It is difficult to distinguish authentic historical information from legends within the accounts given.'
  3. 'His early interest in European legends resulted in a Master's Degree on the Grail legend.'
  4. 'Oral histories and legends abound, but how reliable are they?'
  5. 'They presently have a wide variety of books, including a section on mythology and the legend of King Arthur.'
  6. 'The chapter ends by providing numerous excerpts from historical legends and folklore that mention the robin.'
  7. 'These ancient people bring us the legend of King Arthur and the Holy Grail.'
  8. 'It is an interesting survey, and shows how creative people still continue to mine myths, legends and traditional culture for material.'
  9. 'However, there is a strong oral tradition consisting of stories, legends, fables, poems, riddles, and songs.'
  10. 'Welsh culture was based on an oral tradition of legends, myths, and folktales passed down from generation to generation.'
  11. 'Children were once told fairytales, myths, legends and fables because they had a meaning, a moral or a special psychological relevance.'
  12. 'That is the true meaning of the legend of Saint George.'
  13. 'A book that explores the Catholic faith and Mexican culture is The Lady of Guadalupe, the legend of the patron saint of Mexico.'
  14. 'One of legends concerning Saint George is the famous dragon story, with which he is invariably portrayed.'
An extremely famous or notorious person, especially in a particular field.
  1. 'a screen legend'
  2. 'The coach who helped guide Amir Khan to an Olympic silver medal says the Bolton teenager can become a boxing legend.'
  3. 'He is a living legend, as his achievements testify.'
  4. 'When Sidney Kidman left his Norwood home, he was thirteen years old and eventually would become ‘a legend in his own lifetime’.'
  5. 'But he was also bigger than life, a living legend who at age 33 could swim faster than he had at 21.'
  6. 'John was a legend in his own lifetime, and was exceptionally popular in the locality where he had lived.'
  7. 'Edward Ryan Aikau was a Hawaiian surfer, lifeguard and legend that dedicated his life to the ocean and ocean safety.'
  8. 'Oliver ‘Smokey’ Charles, 79, is a living legend when it comes to football in St Lucia.'
  9. 'Rob Roy succeeded in becoming a legend in his own lifetime of 63 years and was compared with Robin Hood while he was still alive.'
  10. 'We'll ask a living legend of broadcast journalism, Walter Cronkite, the former CBS News anchor.'
  11. 'Growing up as the legacy of a living legend isn't easy.'
An inscription, especially on a coin or medal.
  1. 'Around the lower border is the same legend as on the gold coin.'
  2. 'a picture of a tiger with the legend ‘Go ahead make my day’'
  3. 'By improving legends and headings, authors will entice readers to learn more of their story; ultimately, more, not less, text will be read.'
  4. 'All abbreviations are explained in the legend to Fig 1.'
  5. 'The figure contains two subfigures, each composed of three graphs, which are explained in the legend for figure 14.'
  6. 'Species are referred to by symbols in the legend.'


Very well known.


    1. a nonhistorical or unverifiable story handed down by tradition from earlier times and popularly accepted as historical.

    2. the body of stories of this kind, especially as they relate to a particular people, group, or clan: the winning of the West in American legend.

    3. an inscription, especially on a coat of arms, on a monument, under a picture, or the like.

    4. a table on a map, chart, or the like, listing and explaining the symbols used.Compare key1 (def 8).

    5. Numismatic

    More examples(as adjective)

    "saloons can be legend."


    Middle English (in the sense ‘story of a saint's life’): from Old French legende, from medieval Latin legenda ‘things to be read’, from Latin legere ‘read’. legend (sense 1 of the noun) dates from the early 17th century.