Adjective "legendary" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Described in or based on legends.
  1. 'One of the earliest known portraits of the legendary freedom fighter William Wallace is to go on sale.'
  2. 'Most people, it should be said, like to name their pets after mythological and legendary figures.'
  3. 'Bhagiratha is the legendary king whose devotion made the Ganges consent to come down to the Earth.'
Remarkable enough to be famous; very well known.
  1. 'He was a legendary record plugger in the U.K. who worked with us from the beginning of our career.'
  2. 'A play celebrating the rise and fall of the legendary Wigan Casino is coming to Lowton.'
  3. 'The Hollywood heavyweight is set to present a documentary about legendary film star James Dean..'
  4. 'The club's legendary leader, Jock Stein, had won only one Scottish Cup when he took the Celtic job.'
  5. 'These were the only honours bestowed on this legendary maestro during his lifetime.'
  6. 'Yet Streep matches her legendary leading men in her ability to immerse herself in a role and dedicate herself to her work.'
  7. 'Her beauty and kindness were legendary in our small department and I adored her.'
  8. 'He was a friend of the legendary photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson and Don McCullin.'
  9. 'His work has led to him appearing with legendary comic talents ranging from Norman Wisdom to Bruce Forsyth.'
  10. 'The guitarist he has the greatest admiration for is the legendary and late Frank Zappa.'


1. of, relating to, or of the nature of a legend.

2. celebrated or described in legend: a legendary hero. noun, plural legendaries.

3. a collection of legends.

More examples(as adjective)

"records can be legendary in businesses."

"people can be legendary for epics."

"westerns can be legendary in places."

"westerns can be legendary as disasters."

"poetries can be legendary as arts."

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Early 16th century (as a noun denoting a collection of legends, especially of saints' lives): from medieval Latin legendarius, from legenda ‘things to be read’ (see legend).